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News on Arsenal 15 July 2012

July 15, 2012


With input from AFC fans groups the club has announced a new ticketing policy for next season.

Added to Cat A/Cat B matches is a new Category C. This Cat C will be lower than B, however, A/B will be priced higher 23% & 2% respectively… Higher, Higher… You’re so much better than last weeks audience.

Expected headlines of AFC fans will have to pay £126 for tickets to watch Arsenal have appeared in the media. Yes, all 1% of the tickets that would be available at that price. Still makes a good headline.

Sunderland, Southampton, Swansea and West Brom I would imagine favourites to be in Cat C. Attack on the “S” clubs? If so I would expect Spurs and Stoke to be placed in Cat C, the former for being a shit club, living in our Shadow, tagging onto AFC transfer targets and last won the league when I was four (54 now). The latter should in fact have their own Cat Z as why should you have to pay more than £1 to watch Rugby on a football pitch.

Footballs Back!!!! None other than the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup, Whoooopeeee!!!… A round Robin (he leaves when he wants van Persie) 45 min-each-way tournament between Anderlecht, Southampton and AFC. Anderlecht taking the place of Rangers due to their financial troubles. A once great club that is now about to start next season in the Scottish Third Division. Shamefully nicked from Twitter but I found it funny… Breaking news…. Sky Sports have apologised to all subscribers for wrongly advertising they could watch Rangers in 3D. They meant Rangers in D3.

AFC took along a fair few first team squad players, such as Santos, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Chamakh, Djourou, Gervinho. I like the Coq and think he is going to come good this season and play quite a bit.

Southampton v Anderlecht. The Belgium’s opened the scoring through de Sutter who scored after good work from Kanu (not that one). This turned out to be the winning goal. Sums up that 45 mins.

Arsenal v Anderlecht: The starting eleven:

Damian Martinez, Daniel Boateng, Ignasi Miquel, Kieran Gibbs (c), Carl Jenkinson, Nico Yennaris, Craig Eastmond, Henri Lansbury, Thomas Eisfeld, Sanchez Watt, Marouane Chamakh. Substitutes, Vito Mannone, Andre Santos, Martin Angha, Johan Djourou, Sead Hajrovic, Kristoffer Olsson.

Anderlecht had already played six pre-season friendlies and early on looked sharp, de Sutter having a goal ruled out for offside and another good chance from de Sutter saw him heading over from a corner. Arsenal now pushed to came back into the game and Chamakh had a good chance saved by the keeper. Miquel saved one on the line and then Goooooooal!!! Good work by Corporal Jenkinson down the right-wing, he crossed low and hard into the box and there was Lansbury to tuck the ball away nicely past the hapless keeper.. Five hours after the goal was scored and showed countless times on SSN, the bloke kept referring to Chamakh as the one that crossed the ball. 1-0 to the Arsenal and they held on to grab victory.

Arsenal v Southampton: the starting eleven:

Vito Mannone, Jernade Meade, Andre Santos, Kyle Bartley, Johan Djourou (c), Craig Eastmond, Kyle Ebecilio, Henri Lansbury (Olsson 16), Francis Coquelin, Chuks Aneke (Angha 29), Gervinho. Substitutes, Damian Martinez, Martin Angha, Sead Hajrovic, Kristoffer Olsson, Thomas Eisfeld.

Saints took the lead when Danny Fox put in a good cross and Rodriguez headed powerfully into the net past Mannone…

Goooooooooal!!!! Good work on the left, saw a one-two with Gervinho and Ollsson. Gervinho attacked the Saints No.6, beat him all ends up (stay on your feet mate) and took the ball to the by-line, came back inside the saints No.5 and shot low and hard into the net 1-1 get in!!! Come on Gervinho, let’s have a great second season from you now. Strangely the game went into a penalty shoot-out which Southampton won 5-4 after Kyle Ebecilio missed the 5th penalty for Arsenal. Has there ever been a more pointless penalty shoot-out?

Lifting the trophy here Arsenal won the The Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup

and queue unbridled joy amongst the media as they could make headlines such as

“Look RVP Arsenal can win trophies”

“Arsenal win cup at last”

Such wit amongst Fleet Streets finest. Well it’s not Fleet Street anymore of course but those great sport writers from days gone by must be hanging their heads in shame and turning in their grave. Rather than good solid headlines of the past it’s just cheap shots nowadays.

Daily Star has RVP house hunting in Cheshire yesterday, well it’s Sunday :-).

Next up for the Gunners on Pre-season tour Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 24, 2012.

After differing views from fans regarding the new away kit released for pre-order on Thursday just gone. I would doubt many Gooners would mind see this team play, in which if Carling did football kits would be the best ever…



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