Suburban Gooners

  • The mass clear out at Arsenal in the summer is astonishing
    It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week, another three days until we meet Southampton in the FA Cup. So what did I do when I woke up this morning? Something I haven’t really done all season: I looked at the league table. It’s a bit mental. Usually by February you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    20 hours ago
  • Arsenal up a second half gear to beat Newcastle
    Let’s start off today with a good ol’ fashioned footballing cliche, eh? How about the one about football being a ‘game of two halves? Because that’s certainly what was served up by our boys in red and white yesterday and thankfully the latter was better than the former for us ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Arsenal must be quicker in possession against Newcastle
    As the saga I spoke about rumbles further on with pictures and the like coming out yesterday early evening, mercifully we have something else to focus on, which is an important game at home to Newcastle United tonight. It’s a game that if I’m completely honest with you about, I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Mesut Ozil: it shouldn’t have ended this way
    Well now, what sort of Arsenal-related news could we possibly talk about, given that they aren’t playing until Monday and Arteta already did his presser on Thursday that we had a chin wag about yesterday? Oh, I dunno, how about a certain German playmaker with whom nearly all of the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • Arteta wants a weekend away from Arsenal too
    Mikel obviously wanted a weekend without Arsenal as well after that snoozefest on Thursday night, because he did his pre match presser then and yesterday we got the video and transcription on the official site ahead of the game on Monday night against Newcastle. The good news is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • A mid table boring performance from a mid table boring Arsenal
    Ahh man that was boring to watch last night. I tweeted that Arsenal are an ugly team with a handsome manager and last night’s 0-0 snoozefest against Crystal Palace certainly felt like it was backed up by an Arsenal team so lacking in creative spark that you wondered if we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Arsenal must crack the tough Crystal Palace nut
    It’s Crystal Palace at home today and it is the type of game that four or five years ago I’d be pretty confident about us getting a win. But last season and this has pretty much dented any of that “we’re The Arsenal, we win this game today” mindset that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • Good news for Gabby and Holding
    In the words of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama: Good News Everyone! Yep, that good news is the return of Gabriel Martinelli in just a few short days and I don’t think there isn’t a Gooner alive who didn’t see the news from the club yesterday and have their heart skip ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Does Arteta need to publicly praise form players more? And what was the Runarsson ‘plan’?
    Perhaps somewhat surprisingly Mikel Arteta held his press conference ahead of the Palace game on Thursday. Normally it is a day or two before the match itself but I wonder if he just wanted to ‘get it out of the way’ so he could focus on the challenge that Palace ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Elneny to Sabitzer: How Arsenal’s style needs to evolve with player recruitment
    Morning folks. Another Monday in lockdown. It’s a countdown to the Palace game on Thursday and as you’d probably expect given the game is four days away, which means most people arse still worrying themselves with transfer noises, which I too am not immune to. We’ve seen the Buendia stuff ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Smith-Rowe and Tierney the difference makers against Newcastle in the cup
    A win is a win is a win. Am I right? Arsenal got that win – their fourth in a row – courtesy of a superb Emile Smith-Rowe finish and then a much needed Aubameyang goal in extra time, but whilst we can all agree that was a laboured performance ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does Arteta rotate Arsenal for tonight’s FA Cup game against Newcastle?
    It’s a little bit of a later one from me today, on account of a host of jobs i’ve had to do, but just before I pop out for a run I thought I’d pen some musings because it is FA Cup third round day and we’ve got ourselves a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Ozil saga reaches the end, as Arsenal turn to the Bank for help
    Morning peeps. Happy Friday! How did that come around so quickly? I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but my first work week has absolutely flown by and I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m pretty glad about that, because: I’ve also given up booze I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • How Saliba’s fared; how a Julian Brandt loan deal might fare
    It’s Thursday of week one of the new year and my, hasn’t it flown by, eh? We’re already on the countdown to the FA Cup third round and it’s a home tie to Newcastle that we start to draw our attention to. However, with the lack of team news – ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The rumblings of the exodus continue at The Arsenal
    Middle of the week of the first week of the year folks. Two days down, three to go, then it’s the weekend and a cup competition we know so well. It’s nice playing in cup competitions. Especially those that have such historical significance. Plus, that we have won it the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Dreaming of 97/98? Don’t get too excited…yet…Plus Saliba & Buendia chat
    I didn’t bother to watch any football yesterday (no Arsenal, no bother) but at 10pm last night as the news was on I thought I’d have a flick through my Twitter feed. And blow me down if I don’t see a load of Arsenal fans talking about the 1997/98 run ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The Saliba situation is worrying beyond the player himself
    Morning folks. Hope you’re all good where you are? For me it’s back to work and whilst the scenery doesn’t change much – desk jockey working from home for the foreseeable future – the lack of booze and late get ups does, so I’m a wee bit groggy this morning, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • West Brom on a snowy winter’s evening? Nae Bother for Arsenal!
    Morning folks, and what a lovely morning it is n’all to wake up to, I have to say. An Arsenal win was just the tonic we all needed ahead of the start to the year that most of us have from tomorrow (or at least that’s what it feels like ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Two steps forward – Don’t make it one back against West Brom, Arsenal
    Morning Gooners and welcome to the first Saturday of 2021 and blow me down if it isn’t a Saturday match day for us. We’ve had so many Sunday’s as a result of cup competitions and the Europa League, that playing on a Saturday feels like a novelty. Alright, it may ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-01-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Kolasinac the first to be jettisoned from the Good Ship Arsenal
    Here we are. The of 2020. Get in the effin’ bin you horrendous year. Apart from the bit in which we won the FA Cup. That bit was grand, although even that was slightly tainted because there were no fans in the stadium to get to the final and as ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Brighton away: Not vintage, but confidence restoring for The Arsenal
    You know the phrase “the ends justify the means”? Well, having seen Arsenal look a little laboured yesterday, but ultimately pick up three points away to Brighton yesterday in the Premier League, I feel like that phrase aptly describes our overall performance yesterday evening on the south coast. That’s because ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal must break the Brighton hoodoo
    Welcome to another match day folks and this, I have to say, has always been a frustrating one for me. Brighton and Hove Albion entertain us at 6pm on their turf and it’s been quite an unhappy hunting ground for us recently. Last season they shafted us in the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • The players Edu must be talking to in January about signing
    The volume of games might be coming thick and fast, but so too appear the rumours of who we might be after when the window opens in four days time. Do we all have the energy for it though? In the last few months a lot of the joy ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s youthful energy secures the points at home to Chelsea
    Holy moly I’d forgotten just how good winning feels like. having spent the last three months watching Arsenal lurch from one defeat to the next, it felt like this barren run of dreadful performances was going to go on forever, but last night we were treated to a totally ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal approaching Chelski like a small club underdog
    Boxing Day and match day. There was a time where I’d be pretty excited to have a bit of The Arsenal on at Christmas, but I’ll be honest with you, I’m not feeling overly confident and given that it’s been literally months since we won a Premier League game, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal need to take the hit on the following players…
    Happy Christmas Eve to you and your family. And what better way to celebrate Christmas Eve than with a little gift of football gossip that will have most Arsenal fans very pleased about indeed. It appears that Shkodran Mustafi’s agent has been in Barcelona this week to negotiate a deal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arteta’s faith in the wrong players will get him sacked – Man City review
    In isolation this game is a bit of a ‘meh’ one that you can just put in a box and move on with your life. Man City win this competition every year, they are miles better than us, they have players who will punish teams very easily. But the problem ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Just compete tonight, Arsenal
    Tonight Arsenal play Man City in the League Cup and surely I’m not alone in thinking: Meh. I mean sure, I want Arsenal to win and sure, it would be great for morale, but with a few players out through injury and a hectic Christmas period that will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-12-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago