Thursday, 22 October 2015

Nacho - Arsenal Player Of The Year?

Seri-arse-ly, and I mean seri-arse-ly, how good is Nacho Monreal?

When he first signed for Arsenal I couldn't believe we'd signed someone named after a Mexican delicacy. 

But all food puns aside, the man has sizzled since joining us. Like fajitas........

He's got better and better and to be completely honest, because I'm an honest kind of guy, he has become un-droppable this season.

Kieran Gibbs must be asking himself what he'll have to do to break into the Arsenal team again at the minute? The only way I think he'll break his way back into the starting eleven is if he breaks Monreal's metatarsal such is the Spaniards great form.

I don't know what Arsenal do to have such fantastic left-backs over the years but we've had some crackers. Some have actually been crackers. 

We've seen some proper talent in that position over the years. In fact there has been more talent playing at left-back for Arsenal than the talent show I saw one night at Camber Sands in Pontins back in 1992. And one bloke blew up a condom on his head too. 

Monreal is unfortunate he has only played for Spain 16 times in his career but the way he is performing at the moment I fully expect him to add to that tally in the future. 

Age isn't really on his side though. He turns dirty 30 in February and although that is the age he'll reach his peak of sexual confidence it also means he's at the age where things begin to sag too. 

I wish Naaaaacho, Nacho maaaaaaan was a bit younger. Had he arrived at Arsenal a few years previous to what he did I truly believe he'd have become of Europe's top, top left-backs a lot earlier. 

You know what else I like about Monreal? His attitude. He has a top class attitude. 

When Wenger played him at center-back he just rolled up his sleeves and got on with it. Despite playing in a position he'd never played in before he did a job. A good job.

I think Wenger was actually a bit harsh with Nacho to be honest. He kind of hung him out to dry like a pair of pants but Monreal didn't complain. He put in a shift and that earned my respect. 

If the Spaniard continues to improve and play like he is then I think we're looking at a possible Arsenal POTY here. He has become an unsung hero and an integral part of the side. 

Quietly going about his business without fuss. It's been a pleasure to see. 

Keep It Goonerish........... 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What Have We Become?

Let's have it right, things ain't great with Arsenal at the moment.

In fact it's a horrible time to be a Gooner. 

Losing is part and parcel of supporting a football club. I'm 31 years and 12 months old so I've seen quite a few defeats in my time.

I can take losing. Sure, it hurts for a while. It can drive me absolutely mental but I can take it on the chin.

The worst thing for me though, at the exact time I am typing this, is the split between Arsenal fans. 

That hurts.

Of course supporters won't always get on. That's inevitable with so many different opinions.

But the amount of abuse I see Gooners throw at each other whether it be on the terraces or social media is scarier than the sight of Piers Morgan naked.

It's almost as if nobody can just have a debate these days without resorting to name-calling or just being a complete thunderbastard to someone. 

I recently had a little break from Twitter because I swear I was losing the plot with some of the hatred spouted all over the gaff. 

Talking to a pal of mine recently, who happens to be a Spurs fan, really opened my eyes.

He said he found it really funny how some Arsenal fans are acting at the minute. Not because any of us are comedians but because of how we bicker among one another.

I found that embarrassing coming from a Spurs fan because I used to laugh my tits off at them lot doing it all the time.

I never believed I would see a set of fans more fickle than lot from down the road but let me tell you I don't think we are far off them now.

Winning the FA Cup, just 6 months ago, I believed would put a lot of this to bed. Instead I feel like the split has intensified more since.

I can understand the frustration at the moment. Believe me, I get frustrated too. But the way we are behaving at the minute is not normal.

I go on Twitter because I enjoy interacting with fellow Gooners, people who supposedly support Arsenal like me.   

I've met some great people on there. But I'm starting to not enjoy it so much anymore. 

The constant arguing and bickering is becoming vicious.

I genuinely thought that lifting the FA Cup would help unite the gap between Arsenal fans. Because it was all about winning silverware. 

But I don't know what it is and what can be done to get Arsenal fans to stop this bullshit and just support the club like they used too. 

It's not nice.

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Abuse? Is It Needed?

Don't get me wrong, yesterday was embarrassing. 

It was nearly as embarrassing as the time I saw Kelly Brook in Bluewater Shopping Centre. I shouted Kelly and then, as she looked round, I hid behind some cookie stall.

I've had people ask me how I was so calm in defeat, especially in the manner we lost, but I think it was easier to take because it was all over within 20 minutes if that makes sense?

Had we lost to a last minute goal after playing well, and competing for 90 minutes, then I believe I'd have been in bits.

That said it was embarrassing. And I don't want to see anything like it again for at least 100 years. 

Now I know people deal with things in different ways. Going on Twitter after a game like that is like a minefield.

I can read one tweet, it appears perfectly reasonable, and I find myself nodding away like that Bulldog from the Churchill insurance adverts. 

Then, I can read another tweet, and I feel like drinking ten pints of Stella Artois and going on a rampage somewhere. Somewhere like Stoke, and destroying all them inbreds with a toilet brush. 

I understand people get frustrated, I was frustrated, but sometimes people can go over the top with their reactions. 

Constructive criticism is always welcome in my eyes. If someone has a valid point about something I will respect it, even if I don't agree with it.

Criticism is good, when it is warranted, and I reckon that the performance by Arsenal yesterday deserved plenty of it.

What I don't agree with though, and it makes my blood boil hotter than the sight of Shakira doing one of them bum wiggles, is when people, especially Gooners, feel the need to call Wenger, or any Arsenal player, names.

The amount of times I've seen Wenger or Giroud is a c*nt, or any other player, recently astounds me.  

Is there a need for it? I understand people can get angry. When I get angry I too can have the mouth of a sailor,  I hold my hands up, but is there genuine need to be abusive?

Arsene Wenger is not above criticism. I love the man to death. But I know he has faults. I know he does things wrong and at times he can drive me insane in the membrane.

Yesterday I felt he did things wrong, I felt the players did more wrong, but some of the venom I've seen spat his way is more deadly than a King Cobras.

Why? Is there honestly a need to drop 'C' bombs on him? Is there a need to call Giroud a 'useless French c*nt' just because he miscontrolled a pass? 

I've done it in the past I'm sure, so I'm not painting myself as whiter than white but it makes me cringe. 

Some people need to show a little more respect. I don't drop abusive swear bombs on my dad if he burns my Yorkshire puddings on my Sunday roast. I just knock him out. Seriously though is there a need for it?

As I've said, I understand why people were pissed about yesterday. It was a bad day and I know people need to vent their fury, but have a little more respect because you wouldn't like to be called a c*nt would you?

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Per Mertesacker - Future Arsenal Captain And Legend

Words cannot describe my love for Per Mertesacker. 

He's got me right there, right in the heart.

I maybe nearly two years older than him but I love him so much I wish he was my Dad. 

Well that might be harsh on my actual Dad so I wish he was my uncle. Or my brother. 

Or just my mate.

When he first came to Arsenal people, including many Gooners, slaughtered him. 

I felt this was very unfair. 

I've always backed him, from the start, because many foreign players need time to adapt to English football.

The man had played 42811 times for Germany too, so he couldn't be that bad right? 

It's a credit to Per that he has changed most of the doubters views. 

In fact I reckon 99% of people would now acknowledge the fact that the Big Fu*king German is one of the best defenders in the Premier League. 

Personally I'd go further. I'd say he's one of the best defenders in the world. Maybe even the universe. And not Universal Studios. I mean the real universe.

The man is probably the first name on Arsene Wenger's team sheet these days. That's how well he's adapted to English football.

I love everything about Mertesacker. 

I love how passionate he is about Arsenal. I love how good he is. But most of all, I love how he doesn't need to ask someone to reach something off of the top shelf for him in Tesco.

When RVP left the Arsenal Thomas Vermaelen took over as captain. At the time I felt that Mikel Arteta should have been given the armband.

Nowadays I think the most suitable skipper for Arsenal should be big Per Mertesacker and I hope that Wenger gives him the honour this summer.

As I've said, Per is the first name on the team-sheet week-in, week-out. He, alongside Arteta, is the most influential, and tallest, player in the Arsenal squad.

Mertesacker is a leader. A man players look up too (literally) and I think he'd be a very popular choice among the squad, and amongst Gooners.

I've read that Per, when he was a (not so little) kid, was an Arsenal fan so he has the club in his blood. He loves the Arsenal. And I love this.

He has everything it takes to become an Arsenal legend. I can see him ending his career with us. And I can see him helping us to trophies.

Get a few of them, with him here, and Per would have gone from someone people didn't rate to someone who Gooners will talk about as the man in many years time.

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Keep it Goonerish............

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Berbatov Would Be PERFECT For Arsenal

It's no secret that Arsenal could do with another striker this January. 

Giroud is knackered, Podolski is slightly short of match-fitness and Bendtner, the best thing to come out of Denmark since bacon and John Jensen, is injured.

There could be a case for Walcott having a run up top but in my very, very, very honest opinion he is doing such a good job on the right flank that he should be left there.

Many Gooners will be screaming for the likes of Diego Costa but I think you'll just be giving yourself a sore throat. You could end up sounding like AVB in fact. All croaky.

This is World Cup year. Players are playing for their places in their countries squad. Big signings, well high profile signings, are about as likely as me getting under an umbrella with Rihanna.

One player we seem to be continuously linked with at the moment is Dimitar Berbatov. Going by what I've seen on Twitter I think most Arsenal fans are against it. 

I'm one of them though that thinks it'd be a great move. And I swear, on my Makita drill, I've taken my tablets this morning too.

Berbatov is a player that I've always admired from afar. Even when he played for S*urs and Man Utd I often wondered how he'd look in an Arsenal shirt.

He is perceived as being lazier than a sloth stoned out of its mind on the best Amsterdam has to offer. But I don't think that's fair. Maybe he is a little bit lazy when it comes to tracking back but that isn't what his game is about.

Berbatov is all about quality in the final third of the pitch. That's when he comes alive. And even the most ardent Gooner cannot deny the man has quality.

Giroud has done a sterling job this season. He still has his doubters but the man has grafted his awesome physique into the ground. He needs a support act.

What a support act Berbatov could be at Arsenal. He could be the ideal short-term solution. I'm sure he would be happy with an 18 month deal and I would snap up the chance to take him.

I'm not saying bring him as a first-choice. I'm talking bring him in as a squad player to help push us onto the title this season.

Bringing in Berbatov now and then making a big, big signing in the summer is the ideal situation for me. Despite Bendtner becoming unlikely hero at present he'll be off in the summer to pull another princess. So Berbatov can take his squad place.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Why I Am Backing Arsenal to Be Premier League Winners 2013/14

Some people say I am far too optimistic for my own good. For me that glass isn't half-full, it's full to the brim.

Most, in my view, are probably just being polite and nodding away, whilst inside thinking I am a raving lunatic when I say this, but I think Arsenal will be champions next season.

They are great value to win the league at Betfair and I have to admit I have put £30 at 10/1 for them to do so.

Now please, don't rush me to the funny farm because I am being serious. I haven't gone crazier than the time Frank Lampard entered a pie-eating contest. 

I believe it can happen, just as R Kelly believes he can fly, and I have put my money where my mouth is and backed Arsenal to win the title. Our first since 1543.

We can spend the big money for the first time since, well ever, and are on the brink of signing world-class talents like Higuain and Gareth Barry (cough).

Not only, according to Ivan, can we splash the cash like Elton John in a flower shop but I think the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United will find it difficult this campaign.

David Moyes is a solid manager. In fact he could be a member of the notorious So Solid Crew but I reckon it'll take him time to find his feet at United.

Manuel Pelligrini is another who take time to settle. He is the first Chilean in English football since Adrian Chiles and I think the Premier League might be a culture shock. Well Manchester will be.

For the first time since I was a wee nipper Arsenal seem to be keeping the core of this squad together. It isn't being ripped apart, and with us seemingly looking likely to add decent players, this could be the best chance we've had in a long time to be champions.

Keep It Goonerish......    

Monday, 20 May 2013

Champions League Final (That Could Have Been Us)

Again The Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the millionth time in a row and this time it feels better than the first time I had sex. And the feeling will last longer no doubt.

The final of this holy grail is upcoming this week and I often wonder had we defended in the first leg vs Bayern a lot better then it could have been us at Wembley sucking Dortmund's eyes out instead.

Bayern Munich have looked unstoppable this season. Like a big German Juggernaut powering their way through teams like Frank Lampard eating a Krispy Kreme. Not surprisingly they are massive favourites for the final and you can see those odds here at Unibet.

If I was gambling man, and I am, I would be lumping on Dortmund. Arsenal proved by winning in the Allianz Arena that Munich are human and not some form of extraterritorial football Gods.

Dortmund are a fantastic little outfit and as long as outgoing Mario Gotze doesn't score an own-goal to provide his future club with a victory in the last minute I believe they are a match for Bayern.

This is what it's all about. The Champions League. And despite thousands upon thousands of Germans descending into London early to put towels on the Wembley seats its going to be a great game to watch.

With our win yesterday Arsenal have guaranteed that we will be in the same company as the Germans for next seasons premier European competition.

That means no Thursday night games for us which is handy because I play snooker Thursday evenings but not so handy for my S*urs supporting snooker partner.

When I watch the game on Saturday I'll feel a pang in my stomach and I doubt it'll be the result of my usual Saturday fry-up but a little bit of jealousy.

I want those big nights for Arsenal and I'm confident that in the future we will get them.

For now we've made sure we have a chance to play the likes of Bayern again next season. Who knows? This time next season it could be us in the final.

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Keep It Goonerish.................