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Poll results and not much else…. Comments Off

Posted on August 31, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

So, the poll i did asking what trophy we were most likely to win has finished, the results were;

Premier League
4 (7%)
FA Cup
20 (39%)
Champions League
9 (17%)
Carling Cup
18 (35%

So out of the 51 people that voted, 20 of them think our most realistic piece of silverware is the FA Cup. I happen to agree with them as well, i think Wenger will take it more seriously this season and not field a few kids, though we were unlucky we drew Manchester United.

I do find it quite ironic that as soon as we won yesterday, the 1 vote on the ‘Premier League’ turned into 4 votes!

People may think that the Carling Cup is the easiest cup of them all, i don’t happen to agree for a couple of reasons;

  1. The mid table teams will fight for it as its really their only realistic peice of silverwear.
  2. We field very young sides, lacking experience, as we found out last season.

I have found another article about William Gallas with Dixon speaking out against his captaincy.

“I was at Fulham last weekend and spent 10 minutes watching Gallas,” he told the Daily Star.

“He just walked around, never said anything and his body language was very poor.

“That scares me because, though I support the manager’s policy of bringing in young players, they must have a leader on the field.

I happen to agree with him, Gallas is not captaincy material, i think he may have lost the teams respect and that is bad news.

Anyway theres nowt else really, il be back tomorrow evening with an update.
Lets hope RVP is ok.


Match round up. Comments Off

Posted on August 30, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com
Final Score: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
Scorers: Van Persie x2 Denilson

I felt that was a terrific display, the fluent passing was back and Van Persie was truly exceptional. He looked his old self and you could see his relief at scoring, Eboue had a very good game and the name Fabregas just speaks for itself. One day he will be the Worlds Best Player, im sure of that.

If we were more clinical we would have finished 6 or 7-0 winners, Adebayor was a handful, Nasri was very good and Denilson was alot better but im still not convinced of his defensive qualities. Song was good at breaking up the play when he came on too.

Vela got his league Debut and looked very lively, you can see why fans rave about him because he is young and has bags and bags of talent in those boots.

Overall im very pleased with the display but additions are still needed.

One last word, Im all for 2nd chances but Joey Barton should not be on a football field, he should be locked up behind bars still. Nasri got booked for giving him back some of what he recieved.

I will give an update on Robin’s injury when i hear about it. Hopefully it was a precaution but i cant help but worry.

Wenger said;

“He is having an x-ray and we have to check his ankle. Hopefully nothing is broken but I dont know yet.”

Thats all, back soon.


Why are we always in a ‘crisis’ and Sp*rs not? + News. Comments Off

Posted on August 30, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Now, a team that loses its first choice left midfielder, one of its greatest ever players, a couple of defenders and its goalkeeper could well be considered to be in a ‘crisis’. But for Tottenham its not. Its considered ‘building a top 4 team’ for some bizarre reason!

I just don’t get it. We lost Flamini and Hleb and were all of a sudden in a crisis even though Nasri had signed! Ok, Abebayor’s future wasn’t exactly clear but does that sound like a crisis? Does is fuck!

The spuds even face losing their best player, that means their two best fucking players will probably leave, that’s what i call a crisis! And, add to that 0 points in 2 games isn’t the best of starts is it?

I know Arsenal haven’t had the best of starts but it takes the slightest thing for this club to be labeled as ‘in crisis’, i know we are not the most popular club but it is totally ridiculous sometimes. Tottenham are a media favorite, bigging them up, saying how they will break the top 4 but i really don’t think they will, they are not good enough. Ok, they beat us 5-1 last year and they played very well, but it was not our strongest team by far! and they are still going on about it!

If anyone is in a crisis, its Tottenham without a shadow of a doubt!

Now, Patrick Vieira has done a great job of pissing people off since he went for a little Italian adventure. He loves sticking his ore into Arsenal’s business and having his say; today its no different.

“This season they need to sign a midfield player, a big leader in the middle. Arsene has made good signings over the years and I hope he will find somebody right for the club.

“They may struggle at the crucial moment in the season when they need to win the big games. They have the quality and potential but lack the experience to be competitive in all of the big games.”

Now, i think if your good enough you are old enough. We have lots of experience if you look at it, Fabregas has played a lot of games, Rosicky is experienced, Toure and Gallas have experience, Van Persie has experience, CLichy has been around a while now and Sagna has played a good deal of football in France. Adebayor has been to a Champions League final as well.

So, i really do think we have a decent amount of experience. I agree with the leader part though, we really need one.

Update: We host Sheffield Utd in the Carling Cup.

Anyway, not much else today, Newcastle later;

Prediction: I think we can win this 2-1. Newcastle have had a good start to the season and a win today would make it their best ever. They have let Milner go and Obi Martins is out injured. But, Owen is hitting form. The squad is the same as Wednesday night so expect a similar team. I think Walcott will drop out the side and the midfield will be Nasri, Denilson, Fabregas, Eboue.

But, i may be wrong.

Lets just hope for a better result than last weekend!


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