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The last week 18-23 March as I saw it…

March 23, 2013

Hi Gooners!!!

Monday…

Getting up Monday morning to travel to work, I would imagine it not high on most people list of fun things to do. Anyway I left the house and walked the two minutes to the coach stop. I saw my coach coming down the street and as it approached, there in the windscreen was the Tottenham number plate the driver so proudly has on show. I resisted the urge to smirk at the driver. I was kind enough not mention the words collapse or Gap. Kind enough not to mention, he was late, it’s now 5-2 seven and he should have been here at ten-to-seven. I am a kind Arsenal commuter. The Spurs annual give away could be on the cards I didn’t want to add to his woes.

Swansea was not the greatest match you’ll ever view, or the slickest game that will grab you. Yet it was three points for AFC and that should keep us all happy.

Late goals from Nacho and Gervinho wrapped up the points. A clean sheet, solid defensive display and with Swansea not able to register a solitary shot on target in the match the performance spoke volumes for the effort the lads put in. Credit also Arsene Wenger who changed things around, made the right substitutions and had a nice smile on his face when interviewed, which I for one was happy to see.

What with Spurs, the club that just keeps on giving losing at home to Fulham on Sunday at the Lane that time forgot, this was one Monday where I was going to wear a smile all day.

Tuesday

Last night the latest AST meeting was held. For once there were very few tweets from the meeting, just the few about money, money, money. Do they ever discuss football? You can view the grim news here on the AST website.  I say grim news as very little AST ever says is positive.

I thought we were getting £150m “tops” from Emirates for five years of kit and stadium naming rights. Then around £20/25m a season from new kit sponsors when it is announced. On top of that the new TV/radio/internet revenues rights from the Premiership, should bring in around another £100m from next season.

Spurs were in and out of the Champions League quicker than a lady of the night could get her knickers down. This season they are right up there fighting to get back in, one season out has not troubled them too much, yet!!!… Hopefully?

All Arsenal players picked to play for their Countries should have met up by now with their fellow Countrymen for a round of two matches against two bob opposition for World Cup qualification. Here’s hoping our boys are all counted back safely.

Not much Arsenal news around right now, though Koscielny and the BFG have both come out and said they are happy at the club.

Wednesday

Szczesny’s Dad has laid blame on Arsene Wenger’s doorstep for his Sons poor form and ruining him.  For those that may not have read about it, you can here. Szczesny Jnr has since replied saying his Dad is out-of-order Szczhut it Dad

I am seeing a lot of debate about TV5. Is he good enough? I am quite frankly surprised at the stick he is currently taking. You do not have a very good season and half and then just become rubbish. A weak link in the side some are saying. I suppose it’s fashionable that a one or two players have to be the patsy for some fans.  Take a look at the away goals conceded column in the Premiership table. Also only Utd, City & CFC have a better goals against in all games & then Utd – Chelsea are only one better.

This season we have had Jenkinson, Sagna and Coquelin play at right back, not sure that Djourou and Koscielny might have also filled in there as well. Szczesny, Mannone and now Fabianski have played in-goal. Gibbs, Santos, TV5 and now Nacho have been in at left back, and the central defence has been chopped and changed. There has been no consistency in the defence as to being able to pick a settled back four.

For me there would be no shortage of clubs wanting Tv5 should he be sold? I think he should stay. With the BFG and Kos we have three pretty decent CB’s. The club just need to add another top one in summer.

Spursday

Twitter was seven years old today. How this social networking site has changed the face of football supporters during this time. Twitter has given a platform for so many to put their views out there. Also like me able to blog and tweet links to our blogs. The style of twitter is such that during a match, if you were relying on your twitter feed for updates the game could be anything from utterly brilliant, to total rubbish. Ramsey could be having a mare and yet MOTM. I do feel though (just my opinion) that some Arsenal fans on Twitter (apparently about 2m of them) do tend to make their views to fit in with the larger accounts, whether those accounts be journalists, supporters or supporters groups. There is nothing overly wrong in that, if that is their opinion and not based on just hoping to attract followers and tow the line.

Couple of film speeches, I feel are apt right now… Can you guess the films they are from?

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy.  We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so”.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. I do have  a test today, that wasn’t bull-s–t. It’s on European socialism. I mean really, what’s the point. I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they’re socialists. They could be fascist anarchists and it still wouldn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car. It’s not that I condone fascism or any ‘ism’ for that matter. Ism’s, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an ‘ism,’ he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon:  ‘I don’t believe in Beatles. I just believe in me.’ A good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off of people”.

Friday

Theo Walcott has injured his groin in training with England and therefore will not participate any further in England’s short tour of San Marino & Montenegro. Theo is on his way back to Arsenal’s overworked medical unit, to keep Abou company. I feel Theo’s current club form is pretty poor. He can’t beat a man. Couldn’t trap a bag of cement. Couldn’t cross a road and couldn’t score in a brothel. All this since he signed his new contract. His last goal was against Liverpool on 30 January, nine games ago.

Up in a snowy Scotland Aaron Ramsey was having a MOTM performance against the sweaties. Aaron scored from the spot to equalise for Wales. Then bang on 90 mins Aaron picked up a red card, as he dithering on the ball, lost possession, brought down a sweaty who nicked the ball of him, last man, had to go. Happy days, he’ll be fit for Reading. Well played Ramsey.

Oxo-Chamberlain also bagged a goal for England in their 8-0 humiliation of the old and needy from Dog & Duck pub side. This match was so easy Roy Hodgson could have come on and scored. I do think it’s about time UEFA got real and played pre-qualifying matches for these poor footballing Countries. San Marino are not much better either 🙂 Scotland v Wales was the only evenly matched up interesting game being played for me. On Tuesday the only game worth watching is France v Spain.

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah Giroud must have had things on his mind as he picked up a goal with a very good header for France in their 3-1 of Georgia.

Cheers. Only eight days till proper football returns.

Till next Saturday have a great time.

@harlowgooner

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2013 18:40

    Its aaron ramsey and na na na na na na na. Na na na na giroud

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