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Devastated….

September 13, 2009 6 comments

I am completely devastated today.Not just because of the fact we lost but because we lost to Manchester City, 4-2 on my birthday, and because we allowed Ade to score and humiliate us. I was pretty sure that after the defeat to Manchester Utd, the team would be raring to put the record straight and come off with a win from Manchester. We failed to do so…and miserably..

Arsenal were clearly not up to the mark and not taking anything away from Manchester City, I think they played well. If at all we deserved anything it was a draw. But again I think they were well prepared. Dejong played brilliantly,Richards had a good game while Ade showed glimpses of his 30-goal season today. Although I am fuming at his reaction,celebration and alleged stamp on Van Persie, he still played way better than Diaby,Bendtner and Clichy combined.

I had hoped that Wenger would come out and accept that he got it all wrong yesterday but he didn’t. Instead he chose to blame the heavy legs on the international break. Thats a load of crap.Manchester City also had players on international duty, they had Robinho,Tevez and Cruz missing and still played the game at a higher level than us. I think Clichy and Diaby were terrible. They were caught out of position numerous times and did little to track back and help the defenders. Bendtner is just wasted on the right wing and RVP surely isn’t ready to take on the lone striker role.Almunia showed again why he is not in the Spanish national team set up and why he will never play for England.For me Rosicky was the only bright spot on a hugely disappointing evening and I hope he gets the games to prove that he was and still can be world class.

It’s still a mystery to me why Eduardo didn’t start and why Bendtner didn’t get a more central role after his performances for Denmark. Knowing Wenger and how stubborn he is, I doubt alot will change for the next game but I hope Ade’s celebration rings a bell in his brain that we’ll be made the laughing stock soon if we don’t change things around.

It’s 6 points lost within 2 weeks but the only bright spot is that we are done with 2 difficut away games and there is still enough time to cover up.

I wouldn’t even bother rating the players after yesterday’s performance. I’m not in a mood to evaluate the game… Runied my birthday and the weekend.

I’m still hopefull for a turn around….

Till then…Keep Gunning!

Anti-Arsenal Brigade Is Out Again…..Time for true ‘Arsenalisation’

August 28, 2009 3 comments

It’s ridiculous how this one dive is making more headlines than Eduardo’s horrific leg break.It all began with a dodgy penalty decision against Celtic and now it’s been made into an issue as if Eduardo murdered someone on the field in front of 60,000 people. To add to that UEFA have now stepped in to look into the matter and take a decision whether to ban Eduardo or not. It’s certainly not the first time a player has dived ( which is still not sure) but it is the first time that UEFA are acting on a suggestion from some football association chief. The Celts have really not taken the defeat very well which is showing off in their behaviour. Cry Babies!!

As if the penalty is all that separated the two teams over the two fixtures. Having said that UEFA have quite expectedly fired up Wenger who has come out all guns blazing against UEFA. I agree with Wenger on that, it is being blown out of proportion just because the Bhoys couldn’t accept their defeat. There are 100-150 dives every weekend in football games and yet this one makes all the headlines. Rooney,Gerrard,Drogba and Oh how can i forget,Ronaldo, have mastered the art over the years and have gone unpunished a number of times and yet a player from Arsenal is charged for the very first time by looking at a not so conclusice TV replay.

It all makes me wonder if there is a campaign against Arsenal which teams and managers and the media have used over the years to unsettle us. I remember how William Gallas’ outburst against Birmingham was made such a big issue and it went all downhill from there on. Mind games are different and accusing players is another thing. I am not sure what effect this is going to have on the team ahead of the all important clash against ManU but I hope it’s not a bad one. Wenger,Nik B and Denilson have come out in the defence of Eduardo and I think it’s good to see the team spirit in there. If anything I can only hope this issue makes the team even stronger and more hungry for success.  I genuinely believe that there should be an appeal against the decision if there is one against Eduardo.UEFA need to be consistent and not take this one off issue and deal with it to tell the fans how much they care about football.Michael Platini who has said that he would have dived if he was in place of Eduardo should be the first one to be kicked out of UEFA because of his anti-English team nature.

Having said that I really hope the fans going to OT for the weekend game support the team like never before. Let’s show them what the fans can do for the team. That in my eyes would be true ‘Arsenalisation’.

Spare the Guy….We won 5-1…Move on to the next game!

August 27, 2009 3 comments

We have finally qualified for the champions league and showed everyone that we can compete well even with all the summer departures and lack of new signings. F*ck we never get credit for anything. As I woke up and read the news paper today all I could read was headlines calling Eduardo a cheat,diver blah blah blah…Did they forget we won 5-1? Did they forget that Celtic were totally outclassed even with all the stars missing from yesterday’s line up? I say let them do the crap talking, we have qualified for the CL, have got the qualification money in the bag and are doing pretty well.

Talking of yesterday’s game I was a bit surprised by the line up considering Wenger’s statement regarding the importance of the game. It was pretty much over when we won the first leg 2 nil but it was a risk to start with such a line up. Again it was proved that Wenger does know what he is doing. We won comfortably and dominated the game. I think Eboue has had a nice pep talk delivered to him by Wenger which is certainly showing off in his performances. It’s great news that he will be staying with us. His finishing and overall game has improved a great deal and I can see him playing a very important role this campaign.Also Eduardo looked great as did Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner’s clever flick which resulted in the 2nd goal was a treat to watch and as was Arshavin’s finishing. The guy is true class and show what great players can do. Note to Wenger: Buying experienced and true class players is a good idea! Should do it more. As far as defenders are concerned Vermaelen and Gallas seemed to be a match made in heaven. They look good every game but really need to stop switching off towards the end and stop teams from scoring that ‘consolation’ goal.

Star of the Match: Eboue.

Coming back to the topic which interests everyone this morning.Sure it was not a penalty.But did you see Eduardo asking for the penalty? Did he do a “Ballack” style run towards the official? Did he cry and moan about it? If Eduardo gets a ban for that I think Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo should be banned for life. You got to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. FFS he suffered a horrific leg break a year back and might be a case where he was being cautious and trying to get out of the way and fell. I really don’t think it should be made such a huge issue since it really didn’t matter much. 5-1 was the final score line and I really didn’t see Celtic creating too many opportunities to actually make it difficult for us.

Anyway we looked solid at the back,midfielders also put in a good shift and strikers also did well. No complaints really but it’s how we perform on Saturday is what is going to matter the most and give an indication of what to expect. I’m sure we’ll be having Arshavin,RVP and hopefully Cesc back in the line up for the trip to OT.

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

Transfer gossip+News+ B52 gets a pay hike

August 20, 2009 Leave a comment

With Arsenal looking all set to qualify for the Champions League the rumour mill has sprung into action linking a number of stars with a switch to Emirates. Madrid outcast,Van der Vaart, is being tipped for a move while PSV winger,Balazs Dzsudzsak is claiming that Arsenal have already made an offer for his services.With Nasri and Rosicky both out injured I think Wenger is looking to bring in the young winger as a back up but I really don’t think we need a winger. A DM and CB should be topping the shopping list. Song will be off for ACN and we’ll surely need a good back up for him. Gallas and Veramelen seem to form a great partnership at the back but we lack a quality back up for either of them. Hangeland, who is getting irritated by the rumours about him and Arsenal, would be a great signing if Wenger really wants a CB.Although the rumours have died down a bit but there are still indications that he could sign for us before Sept 1.

Moving attention to the players we have, Nicklas Bendtner has signed a new lucrative contract which will keep him at the club till 2014.The contract also sees him earn wages of 50k pw. Bendtner who’s shown considerable improvement from last season,atleast in the first two games, seems to be benifitting from the departure of Ade. It’s good to see Wenger tying up players on long contract and realising the importance of keeping the core of the team together. I don’t really agree with the pay hike but I’m guessing it was necessary seeing the money floating around in football at the moment.I hope Wenger moves quickly enough to get Gallas to sign a new contract seeing his early form and renewed motivation.

Another striking improvement seems to be the team spirit this season. Van Persie,Sagna and Clichy all coming out and saying how they are playing for each other and are having a good time off the field too. I think the summer clear out of of disinterested players is really helping the team and in a big way.It’s great to see the team play and enjoy what they are doing,something which seemed to be missing last season.

Meanwhile Gallas and Vermaelen are getting on really well and really look to be striking a good partnership which wasn’t the case with Kolo and Gallas last season. It’s a totally different,charged up and motivated Gallas we are seeing this season and Vermaelen seems to be learning from his senior partner.Here is what Vermaelen had to say….

“He[Gallas] is very experienced, For me it’s much easier to play in a side with him because of that.I have already learned a lot from him. 
“For us as defenders it is very important [to keep clean sheets]. It was also a good result to win 2-0. It’s better than 1-0 of course and for us it’s important. 
“But Celtic are still a good team and against Moscow [in the Third Qualifying Round] they lost at home 1-0 but then won 2-0 away. They are still in the race so we have to keep concentrating and play the same game we did today.”

So it’s great to see the team gel together and play for each other.This could only mean good things to come and glory on the horizon. Also it’s time to see how the Manager concludes his transfer market dealings in the coming week with a few names likely to come in.

Till then…

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

Match Preview:Celtic v Arsenal – It’s the ‘Bhoys vs Boys’…Squad & Score Predictions

August 18, 2009 5 comments

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Champions League time and it’s also a nervous time for Arsenal fans because unlike last year this year’s qualification will prove to be a tougher test for the team. A trip to Celtic Park is always tricky and a CL qualification tie with £30m at stake  just adds a little bit of extra pressure. Having said that I think the players don’t really need to be told the importance of this game

Arsenal and Celtic both have had a winning start to the new season and are quite confident ahead of the all important tie.Celtic will have their pathetic away record in mind and will hope to make the home fixture count as much as they can while Arsenal will be hoping to make things easy at home by winning the away leg by a decent margin.

Arsenal have a few injury concerns with Fabregas,Denilson and Sagna facing late fitness tests to determine their participation.All three were part of the squad against Everton and will be hoping to shake off their injuries to continue the fine form. Although I would personally not like too many changes and disturb the winning combination but Wenger might be forced to make some in the case of injuries.I guess Arsene Wenger will go for a more cautious 4-5-1 in this game than the attacking 4-3-3 he started with against Everton. With Theo ruled out for the game it would mean that Eboue has a chance to fit in on the right side of midfield unless Wenger decides to rest Sagna and play Eboue at right back. Wenger’s preference for the 4-5-1 in European games and also the preference to start Diaby could mean that Denilson gets a breather. Van Persie looks good to lead the attack once again with Wenger continuing to be cautious with Eduardo.

A trip to Goodison park provided the perfect preparation for this game but Celtic will surely provide sterner resistance than Everton. I still expect us to come off with a win.In the build up to the game Wenger seemed to be a bit wary about the atmosphere at Celtic Park but I think if our team can cope with the crowd at San Siro and Istanbul we can very well cope up with the scots.The team looked completely charged up at the weekend and every fan would be hoping that they carry over the same and come out comfortable winners.

Squad Prediction: ( 4-5-1)

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Subs: Mannone,Silvestre,Wilshere,Ramsey,Eduardo,Gibbs,Bendtner

 

Score Predition: Celtic 0- 2 Arsenal.

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

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Match Preview:Everton v Arsenal,Squad Prediction and Score predictions.

August 15, 2009 5 comments

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Finally some real football to look forward to.Arsenal kick off their 2009 campaign with a trip to Goodison Park. Not the easiest game to start off with but it might just help the team get in the groove from game 1. If history is anything to go by, Arsenal perform better in seasons where they start the campaign away from home . Anyway nothing is going to matter once the teams are on the field and wanting to get the important 3 points early on.

Arsenal have over the years maintained an upper hand in Everton-Arsenal fixtures but this Everton team is on the rise and cannot be taken lightly. We all remember how difficult they made it for us last season and the game ending all square after 90mins. This season Everton like Arsenal have not been very active in the transfer market and both teams have pretty much an expected and predictable starting XI. Of coure how Arsenal deal with the threat of Tim Cahill will show if our defence has learned any lessons from the last season but I do expect Arsenal come off with a win. 3 points in the first game would give immense confidence and a morale boost to the team after a forgettable last season.It would be great to have a win under our belt before the all important CL qualification game against Celtic. I think it could be the ideal way to prepare for that game and a win would certainly raise hopes and get the fans cherring again.

Here’s a prediction of the Starting XI  ( 4-3-3)

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Subs: Mannone,Traore,Eduardo,Ramsey,Wilshere,Silvestre,Eboue

 

Final Score prediction: Everton 1- 2 Arsenal.

Have your prediction in the comments section and the closest/correct  prediction will have his name on the AG WINNER OF THE DAY!

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

 

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6 Injured + 2 sold but we are still gonna Rule

August 14, 2009 4 comments

Not a ball kicked yet and we already have a ‘house-full’ in the treatment room. Djourou,Theo,Diaby,Nasri,Rosicky and Fabianski will all miss out on the trip to Goodison Park. Djourou,Nasri and Fabianski are expected to spend a considerable time on the treatment table while Diaby,Theo and Rosicky are expected to be back in a couple of weeks. It’s all too familiar to Arsenal fans and I am sure not many fans would be surprised to see so many players on the injury list.But again Wenger is confident and so am I.

We haven’t added any experience or quality players as promised at the last shareholder meeting but we should have known that by now. Wenger is more than happy with the youngsters coming good and grabbing a first team place than have some one come in from outside.Although it’s a bit early to bash Wenger for not buying enough players but we do lack the depth for a whole season. I think we have  quality and are good enough for Everton and Celtic but we do need more players than that to maintain a sustained challenge for the Premier League.

It’s been quite some time now and I am sure Wenger can’t play the ‘Injury’ card or ‘Youngsters’ card this season. Having said that all our youngsters have had one more year of experience and disappointment and will be hungry to prove their worth.Plus we have the likes of Arshavin and Eduardo playing so there is no reason to be negative.  I am as optimistic as ever that Arsenal will perform very well this season and surprise every one come May 2010.

In some other not so relevant news Fabregas’ father has said that he can’t see Fabregas leaving for Barca this summer. I don’t think he needed to come out and say that because it would be ridiculous to even think that Wenger would let him go this season.My little flying birdie tells me that Wenger will sign 2 players before the window closes and that to me would be a big big boost to the squad.Anyway I am too excited to see the gunners in action and for all those who are going to the game tomorrow I hope you rest your throat’s today and come cheering at the top of your voice tomorrow.

We’ll have a Match Preview, Squad Prediction and final score prediction tomorrow so watch out for that on this page  and Have a great day!

Cheers and Keep Gunning.

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