Goonerholic

  • The Scudamore Deal Splits Clubs And Supporters
    The reaction to the Premier League clubs agreeing to make payments totalling £5 million to departing chairman, Richard Scudamore, is a hardly surprising level of criticism on social media. The Football Supporters Federation published the following post on Facebook, and immediately drew messages of support from other supporters groups including ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-15By 'holic
    22 hours ago
  • Taking The Long View
    I mentioned on Twitter post match that I had experienced the gamut of emotions over the weekend, and in fairness most them on match day itself. This isn’t the time for a detailed report. Most of you have seen what transpired, I’m sure, and other blogs have excellently covered the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-12By 'holic
    4 days ago
  • Gunners Must Not Take Wolves Lightly
    After three draws in four matches The Arsenal have an opportunity to return to winning ways and raise the spirits after the ankle injury sustained by Danny Welbeck when Wolves arrive for Sunday’s late kick-off. Stephan Lichsteiner is also ruled out but to be fair I think Unai Emery’s preferred ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-10By 'holic
    6 days ago
  • The Squad Shrinks On A Physical Night
    Ten of the eleven tipped to start in the preview were indeed selected. The surprise was the inclusion of Carl Jenkinson at left-back and not Sead Kolasinac. There were welcome returns for Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Emile Smith-Rowe. The visitors started with two banks of four firmly ensconced  in their own ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-08By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • In Brief- Gunners Seek Group Winning Performance
    “It’s a very important match because if we win we’re first in the group. That’s our clear target. This competition is very important for us. It’s one way to win a title and get into the Champions League next year.” Unai Emery is anticipating us clinching Europa League Group E with ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-07By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • Lacazette Strike The Least We Deserved
    In the pubs and bars around the ground a full house of Gooners came together with varying degrees of caution and hope. There was a nervousnesss about who would be fit to play in the back four up against Salah, Mane, and Firmino. Two that most would have wanted failed ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-04By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Are We Taking The High Road Or The Low Road?
    It would appear that we have reached something of a fork in the road. Thirteen games undefeated, twelve of them won, and all the time we have been told we are beating teams we should be beating. Wait until Liverpool has been the warning from a section of the support. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-11-02By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • The Shining of Guendouzi Cut Short
    Unai Emery gave a first team debut to 21 year old Spanish central defender Julio Pleguezuelo alongside Skhodran Mustafi. Carl Jenkinson made a return to the team after 701 days as a makeshift left-back with Stephan Lichsteiner playing on the right. Aaron Ramsey slotted in alongside Matteo Guendouzi behind an ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-31By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Seasiders Run To Be Halted At The Arsenal?
    There was a time when The Arsenal at home to Blackpool played out before a Highbury bursting at the seams. Those days are long since gone and the mid-table League One club will arrive to a less than full Ashburton Grove for the Carabao Cup fourth round tie. Working out ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-30By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Twitter Competition – Win An Art Of Football Laccabang Tee
    It’s competition time again at Goonerholic thanks to our old friends at the Art of Football, who will help make one lucky Gooner’s week by sending them a superb teeshirt with the new and amazing Laccabang design. Check out the range at the Art of Football website where you will find ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-29By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Gunners Graft To Make A Point
    With no recognised left-back available again Granit Xhaka had to deputise in the role alongside Skhodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. Petr Cech was fit again but Bernd Leno rightly kept the goalkeeping berth. Matteo Guendouzi joined Lucas Torreira at the base of midfield and the front four were as hoped ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-28By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Could it Be Twelve On The Bounce?
    Three pints of Abbot and a large cod and chips have raised the sprits, and delayed the preview! Apologies. After an extra hour of sleep Crystal Palace away kicks off on a Sunday-ruining lunchtime (or breakfast time if you are on the east coast of the USA and indeed worse ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-27By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • One Nil To The Arsenal – A Familiar Refrain
    Unai Emery sprung something of a surprise by selecting Granit Xhaka at left-back to allow Hector Bellerin a breather in Lisbon. Danny Welbeck was picked on the left hand side of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ramsey it was who wore the captain’s armband. Interestingly Carl Jenkinson was on the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-25By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Gunners To Go One Better In Lisbon?
    October in Lisbon, Sporting and Arsenal play out a goal-less draw. In the return fixture in London The Arsenal win comfortably by 3-0 in November. That’s not what the ‘holic pound is on. It is what happened when we met this week’s opponents in our triumphant European Fairs Cup run ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-24By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Ozilliant Gunners Blow Leicester Away – Eventually
    There were surprises when the team was announced an hour before kick-off. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were ruled out as a precaution as they had reported tight hamstrings. Stephan Lichsteiner was drafted to fill in at left-back, and young Zech Medley was promoted to the bench as defensive cover. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-22By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • Could Four Be The Gunners Route To Three?
    It seems a long time ago that we thumped Fulham to cement fourth place in the Premier League. It seems odd that television was allowed to make us wait until the Monday night of a Europa League week. Leicester have to be beaten if we are to reclaim that fourth ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-21By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • Book Review – Theo Give Us A Ball by Theo Foley with Paul Foley
    I usually attempt to speed-read books for review so I can read and review over no more than a couple of days. I found that impossible as I got into Theo Foley’s autobiography. From very early on I found myself hearing the words leaping off the page in Theo’s unmistakeable ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-18By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • Book Review – Arsène’s Double Double – Dave Seager
    It’s a review of a book that I’d like to write, to keep myself busy on this Friday night. How better to do so than writing in rhyme, for that’s how the author has done it this time. Dave Seager’s the writer, it is his third book, and in my ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-12By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Nketiah, Ramsey, Almiron, And Leno In Brief
    The international break has arrived a match short of a quarter of the way through the season. We actually go into it as the form team in the Premier League with six wins on the bounce and having displaced the Middlesex Nomads for fourth place. Two points behind the top ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-10By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • A Michelle For Rampant Gunners
    It would appear the 5000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan had an impact on the squad with the attacking midfield trio changing in it’s entirety and Sokratis not making the starting eleven. Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhytarian, and Alex Iwobi started behind Alexandre Lacazette while Rob Holding and Skhodran Mustafi started ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-07By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Pining For Putney!
    I’m jealous, I don’t mind admitting it. The first thing I did when Fulham won promotion back in May was to text a mate pleading for a ticket to Craven Cottage, simply the best away-day there is. Sadly I won’t be able to make it. Those of you who can, ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-06By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Gunners Up To Eight On The Bounce
    Unai Emery surprised with his switch to a back three for Europa League match day two in Baku. It was a move that brought about an early benefit. The rampaging Sead Kolasinac almost teed up Danny Welbeck in the third minute and the first of two successive corners was won. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-04By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Gunners Take A Strong Squad To Qarabag
    “Last year here, Atletico Madrid, there were two matches against them. They could not win. It’s for me, two very good examples for us to have the respect for them.” Unai Emery making sure that we do not underestimate Qarabag FK ahead of our second Europa League group stage match ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-10-03By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Up To Fifth – Seven On The Bounce For Lucky Gunners
    The Arsenal went into their match with Watford minus Sokratis who was presumably still feeling the effects of last week’s injury. Once again we started slowly and Petr Cech was put under pressure twice in only the third minute from first a corner, then a long throw-in. Alexandre Lacazette had ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-29By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • In Brief – A Watford Mini Preview
    Watford are fourth in the Premier League having won four and drawn one of their first six matches. The sole defeat was against Manchester United and those wins included a 2-1 defeat of the Middlesex Nomads. They are probably the strongest side we will face until the visit of Liverpool ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-28By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal KO Brentford But Have To Battle To Do So
    The team lined up as predicted in the preview on a balmy autumn evening. We survived an early scare when Bernd Leno miscontrolled a backpass. It could have resulted in worse than a corner. After four minutes we had the lead when Danny Welbeck rose majestically to power in a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-27By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Brentford To Test The Gunners Squad Strength?
    It’s after nine and I have just finished recording A Bergkamp Wonderland podcast so this will be yet another exceptionally short preview of our Carabao Cup tie against Brentford. I have just said on the show that I hope we do not start anybody who is likely to be in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-25By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Five In A Row For Unai’s Arsenal But Some Remain Unconvinced
    Late Sunday kick-off’s now necessitate late Monday evening recall and an attempt to pick the wheat from the chaff of another excellent day at the football. A delicious haddock lunch was enjoyed before heading north for a large glass of something with good friends. It was a good day before ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-24By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • “Unlucky Theo” Returns – A Brief Preview
    A last gasp preview is being squeezed in between the bouts at Wembley tonight. Those of us braving the expected downpours tomorrow have been getting the storm gear in place for the morning. What team will we see? There is little to suggest that Unai Emery will change the starting ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-22By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Can The Gunners Outscore Everyone?
    Unai Emery utilised his senior squad players for the visit of Vorskla Poltava, as expected. There was a debut for Bernd Leno between the posts. Stephan Lichsteiner and Rob Holding slotted into the back four in place of Hector Bellerin and Skhodran Mustafi. It was all change in midfield where ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-20By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Emery Plays It Cool On Likely Starters
    “The best 11 will play tomorrow so that we can continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually. What’s important for us is to produce a winning performance but also to continue to improve… Tomorrow we are going to change things to give players the opportunity to find minutes, ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-19By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Torreira’s Introduction Lifts Gunners To Another Away Win
    As forecast Unai Emery went with an unchanged starting eleven from the win at Cardiff.  After a scrappy opening phase The Arsenal came under an aerial bombardment and once more Petr Cech conceded a corner when put under pressure with the ball at his feet. The Geordies were looking anything ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-15By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Gunners To Win Away Again?
    I’ve been back an hour from almost a week north of the border in which I have seen zero news about football, The Arsenal or otherwise. A hasty glance at Arsenal.com informs me that the international break hasn’t cost us any more injuries. How did England get on against Switzerland? ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-14By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Legends Passed This Way
    Apologies to all. My holiday has been followed by what will be a laborious upgrade to the living room and getting as much paid work done as I can before vanishing north of Hadrian’s Wall for three nights. None of which is Arsenal related unlike this afternoon’s match against the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-09By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Lacazette Leads Gunners To Rare Away Win
    Matteo Guendouzi held his place alongside Granit Xhaka otherwise it was the starting line-up I anticipated in the preview. Starting Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for the first time in the Premier League was a popular call. The opening moments, however, highlighted that at the back we are still ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-02By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Gunners Cross The Bridge In Search Of Away Triumph
    Another Saturday, and of course television has moved our away match at Cardiff to Sunday lunchtime. Today’s action highlights the importance of us getting a result in Wales. Chelsea and Liverpool retained their one hundred percent starts to the season, and the reigning champions are also undefeated and following them ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-09-01By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • WIN A PAIR OF VIP TICKETS TO SEE ARSENAL LEGENDS V REAL MADRID LEGENDS
    Arsenal Legends are preparing for the return leg of their match against Real Madrid Legends at Emirates Stadium on Saturday 8 September (kick-off at 2pm). We’ve teamed up with The Gunners to offer a lucky reader a pair of VIP tickets to this unique game, at Emirates Stadium. The match, which ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-28By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Dat Guy Clinches First Win Of The Emery Era
    Aaron Ramsey got the nod to replace Mesut Ozil for the visit of West Ham United. He found the net with a close-range header early doors but it was rightly wiped out for offside, and we were slow to get going otherwise. The visitors grabbed the lead when Anderson, ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-26By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Gunners to Kick-Start Their Season Against Wilshere’s West Ham?
    Huge apologies to all for the lack of a post or two this week. That wasn’t the intention but WiFi is a hit and miss affair in Cornwall, and miss is invariably the winner. Luckily, although at times today it seemed a distant prospect, I am back in time for ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-24By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Gunners Surrender In A Five Goal Thriller
    Unai Emery made one expected change for the visit to Chelsea with Nacho Monreal returning at left-back. He made one more controversial switch with Alex Iwobi coming in for the benched Aaron Ramsey. Chelsea once again left Eden Hazard on the bench with Olivier Giroud. The first effort arrived in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-18By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Can Emery’s Gunners Cross The Bridge?
    Normally on the eve of our visit to the bus stop in Fulham I would be plotting my day. A pint or two in the Cock Tavern has taken over from lunch in Bodeans. Last year the post match festivities involved the becoming-traditional bottle of champagne in the Cock before ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-17By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Humbled, Not Humiliated, By The Champions
    The problem with 4pm kick-offs on a Sunday is that, as a rule, I can’t write a review in the ‘normal’ sense. The vast majority will now have watched what happened and read the blogs that have already commented. From what I have seen my peers have all pointed out ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-13By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Champions Provide The First Test For Unai’s Red Army
    How very strange it feels to be writing the first preview of the Premier League season on the third day of the second test at Lord’s. It seems like only last week, not last month, we were enjoying the World Cup. Now an historic day has arrived. Our first competitive ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-11By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • A Very Strange Day As KSE Take Control
    There is no getting away from the fact that the events of today (Tuesday) have been at odds with the feel good factor generated over the course of the pre-season. The announcements that confirmed the sale of Red & White Holdings Arsenal shares to KSE provoked quite the reaction, understandably. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-07By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • The Arsenal Beat Lazio At A Canter
    It was a surprise to see an Arsenal Lite XI start against Lazio in Stockholm. Anyone expecting Unai Emery to start with the likely line-up next Sunday will have been put on the back foot. In fact number of the likeliest eleven were being held back for the second-half, perhaps? ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-04By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • As It Happened – Lacazette The Man – Then On The Spot
    As I tweeted beforehand “Pre-season friendly, therefore I will not get upset about no Lacazette.” Which means of course I am upset that he has not started against PSG and Chelsea! The starting line-up had a whiff of 4-3-3 with the ability to convert quickly to 4-5-1 if required. Petr ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-08-01By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Five Star Gunners On The Right Track
    The Arsenal produced a very impressive result against a young PSG team this afternoon in the International Champions Cup. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mohammed Elneny, and Mesut Ozil started the match and yet again there were wholesale changes during the second-half. It is fair to say we started both halves on the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-28By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Gunners Put On The Spot By Atleti
    It wasn’t the worst way to spend a Thursday lunchtime, sitting under the shade of an umbrella in a beer garden watching the new look Arsenal taking on Atletico Madrid. I missed the opening phases of play which the commentator was enthusing over as I fired up the channel. The ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-27By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Pre-Season Gets Competitive And Wherefore Art Thou, Ivan
    In less than 24 hours we get our first look at Unai Emery’s Arsenal against a quality opponent. Atletico Madrid were too good for us in last year’s Europa League semi-final and we have a chance to respond in whatever the International Champions Cup is in Singapore. I for one, ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-25By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Guest Post – Custodians Of The Net – Part Two by TTG
    The last guest post by our very own TTG saw him consider the worst of the goalkeepers he has witnessed at the Arsenal and happily today he looks back at those at the other end of that particular spectrum. I think he has produced a list it is difficult for ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-23By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Guest Post – Custodians Of The Net – Part One
    Once again I thank our very own TTG for a much-needed contribution to this never ending (not complaining!) summer heatwave. TTG has a nostalgic (or not so nostalgic) look at his favourite, and least favourite, Gunners goalkeepers. We start today with his five worst, and I have to confess he ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-21By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Book Review – Royal Arsenal – Champions Of The South
    When Mark Andrews, Andy Kelly, and Tim Stillman announced this book I have to confess I couldn’t wait to read it. I have been familiar with Mark and Andy’s forensic analysis of the early days of the club and once more they highlight that fake news is not such ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-18By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Gunners Back With Aubang
    There is nothing like that apparently meaningless first friendly of pre-season to wake up the ‘Come on The Arsenal’ gene in most of us. The side that started, or indeed finished, the match at Boreham Wood is unlikely to feature in anything other than a Europa League or League cup ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-14By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Russia 2018 Finalists Decided
    And then there were two. The final pairings for the last weekend of the 2018 World Cup are known, and if you are French or a Croat you will still be buzzing. Those of a Belgian or English persuasion are probably anticipating the third/fourth place play-off with little relish. The only ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-12By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Danny Welbeck Will Enjoy A Late Holiday
    Good morning all, which may or may not be true depending on whether or not you are English or Croatian and currently experiencing the mother of all hangovers. My apologies for the blank week. I have spent it in the garden bar an evening at Lord’s. There is much to ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-07-08By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • The World Cup Gets Better And Better.
    I type after the first two matches of the knock out phase have been played. Before we come to them a brief review of the third round of group stage matches is probably in order. Mohamed Elneny became the first Gunner to crash out of the tournament when Egypt fell ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-30By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Book Review – Almost Invincible by Dan Betts
    I have to come clean at the start and say I am in a very small way a part of this book having been asked by Dan to answer a question for his final chapter. That in itself obviously makes this an excellent purchase! I will try to be ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-26By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • World Cup Warming Up Nicely
    The second round of fixtures in the group stage of the World Cup has most certainly been a mixed bag for the Gooners present. Mohamed Elneny was substituted early as hosts Russia defeated Egypt 3-1 to qualify for the knock out phase with a match to spare. Alex Iwobi was ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-24By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Mixed Blessings For World Cup Gooners
    Forgive what will be largely an England biased post even though our lone three lions representative, Danny Welbeck, wasn’t in the starting line-up against Tunisia. Yesterday’s matches ended in mixed blessings for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil posted some impressive stats but a very ordinary Germany were deservedly beaten by Mexico. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-18By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Elneny And Iwobi Have World Cup Starts
    As I type this latest offering I also have one eye on Alex Iwobi’s performance for the Super Eagles against Croatia. He’s the second Arsenal player to have started a match in this tournament. Mohamed Elneny was the first and he, by all accounts, had a very good game against ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-16By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Farewell Little Mozart
    That was quite the weekend, the highlight being the Tomas Rosicky farewell match shown live (eventually) on Arsenal.com following a delay caused by a storm in Prague. A World XI comprised largely of Tomas’ former team mates at Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund took on a team of Czech legends in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-11By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Guest Post – Stepping Into The Unknown by TTG
    My thanks are due to our very own TTG who has once again crafted a piece to share with us during the summer break. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. I’ve just begun to appreciate that for a significant number of Arsenal fans, a new ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-06-07By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Bank Holiday Ramble
    A long day spent toiling in the sun means this shattered body finds himself in the office with seemingly nothing to watch on the multiple channels available. What better time to pretend there is enough news to base a new, and overdue, blog post. Now that Unai Emery is in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-28By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • The King Is Dead – Long Live The King
    “Welcome everybody. Today, I am really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach of Arsenal Football Club as Unai Emery.” With that simple introduction the catalyst for change reached it’s conclusion with Ivan Gazidis stamping his newly-acquired authority on footballing matters at the Arsenal. He explained to the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-23By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • An Evening With Ray Parlour
    A week of football watching on the television was brought to an abrupt and welcome halt by an evening with Ray Parlour in the Legends Lounge at the County Ground here. I was in need of a lift after watching the ease with which Atletico Madrid defeated Marseille in the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-18By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Three Away Points For Arsene’s Final Salute
    If Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of the Arsenal was not to be at Ashburton Grove then Huddersfield, from where we poached Herbert Chapman in 1925, was the second best option. The atmosphere surrounding the fixture dripped in nostalgia at what both of the great managers have contributed to ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-13By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • 1253 And Out – Au Revoir, Not Adieu
    Huddersfield Town away, not just the last match of the season. It’s also the last match of an era. The man who has managed our club for over a third of my life, who really brought me back to the club in a big way. In the last of the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-12By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Valiant Gunners Beaten Away Again
    For his penultimate game in charge Arsene Wenger went with a strongish looking squad team. Petr Cech got the nod in goal behind a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Sead Kolasinac. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey were selected to support Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-09By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Squad Depth Could Decide Our Trip To Leicester
    Arsene Wenger spoke of his desire to win the last two matches at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Leicester. For that to happen we need to gain our first two away wins in 2018, and with no possibility of improving on or losing sixth place you could ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-08By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Respect And Gratitude Shown On An Emotional Day
    Is yours gold? Despite Network Rail’s various attempts to frustrate us a full-house turned up for what was always going to be an emotional day. Friends old and new came together in the various drinking establishments around the stadium and created a warm atmosphere in the glare of a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-07By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Burnley Preview – Merci Arsène
    The timing is right, but lest we forget. The ‘holic pound The Arsenal 4-1 Burnley, available at 22/1 if  you shop around. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-05By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • The Dream Ends In Madrid
    Arsene Wenger sent out a team unchanged from the first leg of the Europa League in his bid to earn a place in the Lyon Final. His last words to the pre-match interview spoke of his team playing with the handbrake off. It’s been a while since he has plucked ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-03By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Who Will Be The Hero In Madrid For 2018 Gunners?
    I have had it in my mind for nearly a week now. A European semi-final. At home we have been held to a 1-1 draw by a club with a decent European pedigree. Everybody expects us to go out. I didn’t make the trip as I couldn’t afford to go ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-05-02By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Heartbreaking For Young Guns
    Arsene Wenger went into the match with a slightly stronger than expected team. Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka were retained, and Henrikh Mhkhitaryan was afforded a start to get some match-fitness. Selected for his debut was the mid-season signing Konstantinos Mavropanos, promoted ahead of Rob Holding to partner Calum Chambers ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-29By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Arsene’s Gunners Last Trip To Old Trafford Jog The Memories
    Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal team to Old Trafford for the last time on what promises to be one last difficult day at a ground where he has accrued mixed memories. The 2002 title triumph, secured in front of the Scoreboard End by Sylvain Wiltord, was the highlight. The low ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-28By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Sting In The Tail Frustrates
    During this season of stumbling to a likely sixth place finish in the Premier League, losing our grip on the FA Cup attempting the first hurdle at a second tier club, and our no-show at the Carabao Cup Final we have all experienced many lows, so many disappointments. The Europa ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-27By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Atleti The Roadblock En Route To Lyon
    I have just seen some shots of Atletico Madrid training at The Grove. It’s a powerful reminder that on Thursday evening we will be watching our first European semi-final since the Champions League meeting with Manchester United in 2009. To reach the Final we will have to knock out the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-25By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • A Strange Day But Hammers Eventually Hammered
    The ‘farewell to Arsene’ tour started with a flattering 4-1 win over a West Ham team who battled hard for eighty minutes before falling apart in the final eight minutes of the match. There were still some empty seats, but fewer than has become the norm of late and the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-22By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • The Final Countdown
    For the second consecutive night I sit at the keyboard rather later than I normally would with a very large glass of malt. Notionally this is a preview of a match at home to West Ham United. For once I won’t speculate on what the team will be four days ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-21By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Merci Indeed
    I can picture the moment vividly. Stevie Bould bringing the ball into midfield and chipping the perfect pass into the breaking runner through the heart of the Everton rearguard. Tony Adams majestic swing with his left boot sends the ball crashing into the back of the net, he makes a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-20By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Santi, Safe Standing, And Subsidised Madrid Tickets
    It was good to see a wide range of issues discussed during Arsene Wenger’s pre-West Ham press conference today. It started in familiar fashion with Arsene fielding questions about who is or isn’t fit and who will he rest for next Thursday. We’ll consider those issues on Saturday. Quite the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-19By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Youngsters Eye The Treble!
    I am truly indebted to our very own TTG for his eye witness report on the FA Youth Cup Semi-Final tonight (Monday) against Blackpool. Having drawn the first leg 2-2 away we certainly sealed the deal tonight and booked a two-legged Final with the highly rated Chelsea youngsters. Thank you ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-16By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Gunners Misfire Away Yet Again
    Arsene Wenger made six changes in the wake of the Europa League match in Moscow for the trip to Newcastle. Petr Cech started behind a back four of Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, and Nacho Monreal. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka provided the shield behind Alex Iwobi, Premier League ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-15By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • A Brief Look At Newcastle And Atleti Reaction
    We can forget about the Europa League for a couple of weeks as we look to finish the Premier League season in style. It’s the long haul to Newcastle for the travelling Gooners, many of whom will have travelled up today (Saturday) and will enjoy a night out on the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-14By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Elneny And Welbeck Steer Arsenal On Course For Lyon
    The Arsenal made two enforced changes for the second leg of the Europa League in Moscow. As expected Mohamed Elneny replaced Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck, rather than Alex Iwobi, got the nod to fill in for the unfortunate Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Not surprisingly CSKA applied the high press from the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-12By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Gunners Enter Moscow On A Mission
    Another Thursday night, another Europa League trip for a few diehards. Moscow is a tough destination at the moment with relations between Russia and much of the western world severely strained. To paraphrase George Graham in 1989 let’s get there, get the win, then get out of there. Roma’s remarkable ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-11By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Oh Mo – It’s The Alex And Danny Show!
    More than 24 hours after the event I cannot think of a new angle to the 3-2 win over Southampton. The manager made seven changes from the team that beat CSKA, thereby confirming where our priorities lie for the remainder of the season. What followed a shaky start was a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-09By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Time For The Squad To Prove Themselves
    It may not be the best time to post a preview of the visit of Southampton in 17 hours. You may think differently but I am full with beer-battered cod fillet followed by affogato, and sipping generously on my Laphroaig. The journey will, thankfully, start an hour later than last ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-07By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Red Army 4-1 Red Army
    The Arsenal went into their first European quarter-final since 2010 with what is undoubtedly Arsene Wenger’s idea of his strongest available eleven. Petr Cech was named in goal and that was explained as being due to David Ospina having an ‘ankle injury’. The back four as expected saw Hector Bellerin ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-05By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • As I Was Saying
    Apologies for the lack of a conventional preview. This week I recorded another episode of A Bergkamp Wonderland podcast in which you will find the ‘holic pound for tonight. (Hint, it’s towards the end of the ‘cast).Thanks to Danny and Kris for adding to my complete and utter lack of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-05By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Bam Bam – He Shot Stoke Down
    The coming together of a number of like-minded souls, the first time in a number of years for some, gave a home fixture against Stoke something of an attraction that has been lacking in recent seasons. Indeed the sinking of pints (and some Icelandic firewater, thanks Zaph) and the recalling ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-04-02By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Stoke Preview And The Gooner Competition Reminder
    International breaks are a funny thing. Generally as you get older everything passes more quickly than ever. Yet the gaps in the season created by meaningless friendlies for the national sides seem to generate a time-warp which increases as each one occurs. I don’t need to tell you how good ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-31By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Competition – Win A Subscription To The Gooner
    In the 1970s an irreverent new type of alternative publication appeared briefly. FOUL was terrace humour in print form and survived from 1972 to 1976. It would be another decade before supporters would pick up the obvious gap in the market and create the new fanzines. Many have come ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-29By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • What Next For Jack?
    What should have been a big few days for Jack Wilshere has turned into yet another setback for his hopes of making England’s World Cup squad this summer. Selected for the friendly matches in Holland and against Italy at Wembley, the Gunners midfielder was hoping to show he was back ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-24By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Young Guns A Game Away From The FA Youth Cup Final?
    You could be forgiven for not knowing that the U18 class of 2018 were playing the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final this evening. It was something of a surprise that the match was not televised live. Perhaps Blackpool expected to take more in gate money (it was ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-20By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • There’s Music In The Air As Competent Gunners Complete The Italian Job
    “If they score first the game could turn into a very nerve-wracking affair.” Having typed that in the preview it bore repetition in the pub pre-match and drew general agreement. The post-match gathering saw a wonderful mix of people from both sides of the pond looking forward to a juicy ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-16By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Conti Cup Winners – Next Up Milan
    I begin this preview during the half-time break in the Women’s FA Continental Cup Final. The Arsenal are 1-0 up against Manchester City Ladies which would be no mean achievement if they could maintain that advantage against the Cup holders. In 24 hours The Arsenal kick-off their Europa League second-leg ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-14By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Guest Post By Gary Lawrence: Constable Alex Morgan Remembered
    I am massively indebted to Gary Lawrence, (@garythegooner56 on Twitter) for tonight’s post remembering a significant figure in the youth of a generation of Arsenal supporters, as well as a fund of memories from Pat Rice and David Miles. Thank you very much Gary, and all the “Friends of Alex”. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-13By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Watford Come Up Short In The Cojones Department
    As if to prove that I really am going senile I have just opened a message from Steve T asking why no Watford report? Odd, I thought, I wrote it when I got home on Saturday night. What a shame I didn’t remember to hit the publish button as well! ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-13By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Cojones Were Called For, I Believe?
    Sunday lunchtime, not one for a full roast this weekend, but for the visit of Watford. The Hornets are fast becoming a bogey team but will Arsene Wenger rest key players ahead of the second-leg of the Europa League tie against Milan? With Burnley now just two points behind us ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2018-03-10By 'holic
    8 months ago