Suburban Gooners

  • Arsenal have a ‘free hit’ away at Chelsea tonight
    On Saturday morning I was uber positive about Arsenal getting the result and all three points against Sheffield United at home. I thought that despite injuries, suspensions and recent misfortune on VAR, we’d manage to grab ourselves some precious points on our own turf. Unfortunately I hadn’t bargained on the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    17 hours ago
  • Arsenal are being shafted by inept officiating (this isn’t a conspiracy theory)
    It’s so maddening that every single team fighting for Champions League places this season are tripping up on a weekly basis. It was the same yesterday with Leicester and Man United. I can’t quite work out whether or not it’s because the league isn’t as good as it once was ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • We don’t take advantage at Arsenal
    Morning folks. It’s a good job this season is an utter write off, because otherwise we’d be proper fumin’, eh? I am, of course, talking about the the complete bore-fest that was yesterday’s 1-1 draw with a pretty average Sheffield Unite dream yesterday. They’re average because apart from discipline, shape ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • We’re beating Sheffield United today. I feel it.
    I don’t know why but I have an unusually positive feeling about today’s game. I’m not usually the positive one and when we do the radio on Monday night’s on LoveSport I’m usually the one to pour cold water on our chances of victory, but for some reason, I just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • Kurzawa potential signing shows importance of overlapping full backs for Arteta
    Morning folks. Looks like we’re in for a left back then. An injury prone left back. A left back who has not been getting in to the PSG team and with whom the home fans are supposedly happy to see the back of. Doesn’t exactly want the cockles of your ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • More injury questions for Arteta and Arsenal
    You’ve got to love our collective optimism as Arsenal fans, followed by the ‘edge of a cliff’ melancholy, that comes as a result of Arsenal doing something slightly differently and out of the norm with the usual regime. I am, of course, talking about the press conference that took place ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Usmanov’s Everton investment casts more shadows on KSE
    I guess you can’t really call it Arsenal news, but given that Alisher Usmanov was a shareholder at Arsenal until recently, it has a bit of Arsenal related to it, and certainly I think it has implications for the Premier League. Because Everton confirmed last night that Usmanov has invested ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • Lacazette needs to fix up and Arsenal need European football
    So Dinos has now been confirmed as heading out the door on loan to Germany and the next question is when Eddie will be sent out on loan. I said my peace on that yesterday so I won’t dwell on what happens in the next few weeks, but I’d be ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Auba missing gives a dry run for next season’s Arsenal
    So I see plenty of noise about Sergio Agustin and his scoring record on my Twitter timeline at the moment. The man has just surpassed Thierry Henry in terms of Premier League goals to become the highest overseas goal scorer. Quite a feat indeed and he deserves the praise being ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Should Arsenal be happy with a point in mitigating circumstances?
    Morning from a bright but cold Belfast. It’s a weekend away for the wife’s birthday and so yesterday’s lunchtime kick off and the fact we were out and about meant I didn’t actually get to watch the game in full yesterday, but I followed what was happening and saw a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal need to be compact between the lines to beat Crystal Palace
    Morning folks from a relatively wet Belfast, in which I’m treating The Management to a birthday weekend away to see the giant’s causeway. It means I’m not sure if I’ll get time to watch The Arsenal but I’ll have to see if I can find a pub to watch it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • I believe Arteta and his ‘like a new signing’ rhetoric
    Morning folks – happy Friday n’all that jazz. Right, let’s get down to it, because it was press conference Thursday yesterday and he addressed the assembled media. The good news is that the first thing he said was that he’s given a few more ideas to the players following a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Irrational plotting on Arsenal’s top four hopes
    I find it a little bit weird that even though we are mid-table fodder right now, I still look at those teams towards the top of the league and think “good” when things go against them, as if their misfortune might in some way benefit us. So the fact that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arteta’s philosophy needs a season to embed
    With the club still another three and a bit days in which we play another game (having had rapid-football fired at us over Christmas) there is understandably a desire to eek out as much delicious content from the Leeds win as possible on the official site. And who can blame ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Gritty Arsenal beat Dirty Leeds
    Well now, wasn’t that a slightly different performance to the ones we’d had under Arteta in the previous three games, eh? Certainly it was what you’d call ‘gritty’ and in terms of the high intensity that we’d seen in the previous two games, it was hardly the same, but perhaps ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Possession-based Leeds might work well for Arsenal tonight
    Matchday on a Monday is becoming a far more regular thing than I’d have liked it to have been, if I’m completely honest and with all of the other FA Cup round fixtures now having been played, we’ll be learning our fate before a ball is kicked. That is of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The importance of that Edu/Arteta relationship is massive
    Morning friends and happy Saturday to you. It’s an FA Cup weekend and in my opinion it’s the best FA Cup weekend – cup final day aside if you’re in it – of all of the round. It’s the one in which all the Premier League teams feature, there’s a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arteta’s strong stance on Xhaka, Auba and transfers is welcome
    Morning folks. Ahh man, after almost two weeks of not setting an alarm before 8am, to see the wet side of pre 7am isn’t fun, that’s for sure. Still, at least Arsenal have made it a little more fun this week with a hard fought win against United and much ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal beat United. Arsenal are ‘fun’ again. Bring on 2020.
    Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve enjoyed reading just about everything between last night’s result and me writing today’s blog. And I’m going to thoroughly enjoy today’s blog from start to finish, that’s for sure, because last night we won a football match and we did it in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal must avoid the United counter with a compact team
    Morning fellow Arsenal sufferers and welcome to a brand new year. A new year brings hope of renewal, recharging and refresh, which is exactly what we need as ~Arsenal fans having had to sit through 2019 and watch our team slowly implode from about March onward. Much like the beginning ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2020-01-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal fans unite in telling 2019 to ‘get bent’
    Morning folks and welcome to the last day of this decade and I think I can speak for most Arsenal fans when I can say that it can pretty much f*ck the f*ck off to be honest with you. Whilst we started the decade kind of alright, and we’ve won ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Some good, some bad, some awful (refereeing decisions) – Arsenal v Chelsea
    I’m still trying to work out how I feel about yesterday’s defeat to Chelski on our own patch. I mean, obviously I’m annoyed, but it feels like it’s tempered somewhat with some of the situations that occurred during the match. Last night I lay in bed and at one point ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Give Ozil space, ensure our fullbacks are protected and hope Guendouzi is disciplined – Chelsea preview
    Without going on to the internet and running a quick search I can’t even remember the last time we won in a big game against one of the traditional ‘big’ teams, so I’m under no illusions that this afternoon’s lunchtime match against Chelski will be a bloody difficult one to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Positives for Arteta at Bournemouth, but finishing practice is needed
    We’re off and underway with the Arteta era and although it’s hardly the barnstorming away victory that I think we probably deserved given our dominance of the ball at times yesterday afternoon, there were certainly positives to take from what we saw against Bournemouth, so I’m hoping to focus on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arteta the unknown gives excitement ahead of tough Bournemouth game
    Happy Boxing Day folks. It’s a football-infused one today and wouldn’t you know it, Arsenal have an actual 3pm kick off for a change. We also have a level of excitement that genuinely hasn’t existed all season, because it’s the first official game of Mikel Arteta’s reign in charge and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Mikel Arteta impresses with every presser
    Morning folks and a happy Christmas wherever you are. I hope it is spent with loved ones and I hope you enjoy whatever festivities you have planned. Micky Arteta probably will have a token glass raised with the family, but by the sounds of it and judging by the press ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Projecting Arsenal’s points tally at the halfway stage in the season
    Seeing results unfold like yesterday, with United losing away to Watford and then the Tomy Totts at home to Chelski, really does make me irritable that we’ve fluffed this season up so much. If we’d have just converted three of our eight draws this season into wins, we’d be within ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2019-12-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago