Thoughts from Wembley: Torturous afternoon’s Final flourish

I don’t know about you, but I remembered reaching an FA Cup final as a good deal more fun. Don’t Read more

Everton 3 - 0 Arsenal: Is it over?

Is it over? Not the title race. That’s been over for a while. Not the “race for fourth”, either. That’s Read more

Arsenal must find a way to replace Theo Walcott’s goals

It’s rare that a piece of Arsenal news shocks me. We live, lest we forget, in a world where Read more

Video: Arsene Wenger sings Cee-Lo Green hit to Robin van Persie

Alright gang. I've done another one of my silly songs. This time, my slightly strange brain has got Arsene Read more

Wenger’s £40m Transfer Kitty?…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 18 Guns

Or so The Standard would have us believe following the release of some particularly promising financial figures.

£40m? Imagine what we could do with that. £40m is:

  • Four Thierry Henrys
  • Three Sylvain Wiltords
  • Two-and-a-half Jose Reyes’s, or
  • One hundred and sixty Kolo Toures.


Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has defended our right to select non-British players, saying “Some people can be surprised by the fact we had non-British players but we have a club based on values, qualities and attitudes and, when I work with the players on a daily basis, you don’t look at where they come from”. Well put.

Arseblogger has given us a little insight into the side that will face Sheffield United at Highbury tomorrow, revealing that Flamini, Fabregas, Almunia, and Van Persie will all, as expected, start.

I really hope we make a big push for the FA Cup. It’s probably the simplest path to silverware left open to us, and it’s a competition that we have a great affiliation with, especially in recent years. The semi-final defeat against Manchester United last season was a real disappointment, and to bounce back by going all the way to Cardiff would be a tremendous thing for the club, and especially us fans.

C’mon you Gooners.

Brief update as internet connection decides that it hates me.

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 2 Guns

Basically, everyone’s complaining that we fielded an all-foreign 16 in the match against Palace. Except, bizarrely, Neil Warnock.

Arseweb’s sensible spelling-out of the new guidelines enforces the defence of Arsenal’s policy.

And a recent report has shown our finances to be in a fairly healthy state, with some experts predicting that with the additional income to be provided by the new stadium, we could eventually join Chelsea and Manchester United as the three richest clubs in the world.

That’d be good.

Anyway, that’s it. I’ll be back when I can actually get online. So probably never.

Arsenal Aim to Storm Palace

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 2 Guns

After Aki Riihilahti’s equaliser held Arsenal to a damaging 1-1 draw back in November, The Gunners will be looking for some revenge as they attempt to close the gap on 2nd-placed Manchester United.

The match involves the Premiership’s two hottest strikers, and two of the less prudent defences in the division. Surely that equates to goals galore?

Probably not. Palace will, no doubt, despite Ian Dowie’s hints to the contrary, employ the 4-5-1 formation that causes us such problems.

Meanwhile, the unexpected absence of both Ashley Cole and Man of the Moment Fredrik Ljungberg means that we should line up something like this:

I’m fairly certain that the league is Chelsea’s, but I still don’t want to finish below Man U, so let’s have a proper go at it.

C’mon you reds.

Reyes lets slip over un-Real proposition…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 2 Guns

Read this telephone conversation.

Prank or no prank, it’s not good news.

I hope that our fans get behind Jose and give him the support he needs to get through what’s obviously a difficult time for him. Unlike Ash, this isn’t about money – it’s about a shy young boy whose finding it genuinely difficult to settle here. Let’s hope he manages, because despite his inconsistency, he has a lot of talent, and Arsene’s faith.

We play Palace on Monday, but Everton host Chelsea at lunchtime tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s 8 nil. (To Everton.)

Bon weekend.

Freddie’s on target again, and England are rubbish

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 |  

International friendlies are disturbingly pointless.

England’s match with Holland last night served no purpose whatsoever other than to increase the profile of the latest “Racism is bad – Nike is good” campaign.

Sven appeared to lose his mind and bring on Andy Johnson as a right-winger. He also had the fairly crubbish idea of swapping the wingers every 3 minutes. And perhaps the one player you’d expect to provide a bright spark, Shaun Wright-Phillips, gave one of his worst performances of the season.

Frustrating stuff.

Ljungberg’s good run of form continues with another goal in the France vs. Sweden clash, and Paddy and Thierry also took part in the match, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

That’s it from me.

Now get.

THE END OF THE WORLD (or: “Some Speculation about Ashley Cole & Jose Reyes”. Nah, the first one is catchier.)

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 6 Guns

Isn’t Sven a lovely chap: The most honourable man in football has defended Ashley Cole‘s right to talk to other clubs behind his teams back. Which clearly disregards this statement from a Premier League spokesman:

“A professional footballer under contract doesn’t have the right to speak to another club without the permission of his current employer.”

Yeah. Or, for example, a national manager under contract does not have the right to go and repeatedly bend over in front of the shiny-headed wanker that is Peter Kenyon.

Anyway, it seems that our side’s about to gain a lot more balance. People always complain that we’re much stronger on the left flank than the right-hand side. In order to combat this, Ashley Cole will be sold to Chelsea, and Jose Reyes will return to Spain with Real Madrid.

Thierry Henry will also be handed a free transfer, and Robert Pires will become an English correspondent for Spanish newspapery bastards Marca, where he will produce consistently anti-Arsenal editorials with titles such as “Mr. Wenger has the gay-love with with Pat Rice”, “Paddy: La Petite Chippolata”, and “Jermaine Pennant set to sign new deal with Gunners”.

I can’t wait.

Shades of 2003

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 |  

I havenâ??t said much on this blog for a while. I was at the Man U game, and it was emotionally exhausting. I havenâ??t known what to say about it at all, and I still donâ??t.

So I think Iâ??ll leave it for a while.

Itâ??s something Iâ??ll write about at a later date.

I sound like Myles Palmer.

After we surrendered the title against Leeds in 2003, Arsenal thrashed Southampton 6-1.

This time round, we followed up the defeat to Manchester United with a performance against Aston Villa which, but for some weak finishing, couldâ??ve produced a similar scoreline.

Patrick Vieira was perhaps the star performer, but special mention must go to Jens Lehmann and the much-maligned Edu, who both returned to the side to bring both experience and two very accomplished performances.

Pascal Cygan and Philippe Senderos formed an unlikely yet impressive central defensive partnership, and Fredrik Ljungberg was his usual industrious self.

Too little too late, perhaps.

The big story flying around is still the Ashley Cole to Chelsea drama. New evidence appears to have verified the story, as the Premier League are about to launch an official investigation.

I donâ??t know much about the whole situation, but what I do know is that it doesnâ??t bode well for Ashleyâ??s future at Arsenal. We cannot compete financially with Chelsea, and if itâ??s money Ashâ??s after, then all bets are off.

International break this week. Expect all of our players who are involved in pointless friendlies to either a) get injured, or b) die.

Official Gunner-Blog Statement on Arsenal 2 – 4 Man Utd

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 16 Guns

Cygan vs. Man U

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 4 Guns

Arsenal face Manchester United today in what will surely be one of the most electric encounters of this up and down season.

Arsene reckons the loser is “out of the title race”. I’m inclined to agree – we’re barely in it as it is.

Almunia, Ashley Cole, Pires, Lauren, and Dennis Bergkamp will all come into the side that faced Wolves over the weekend. The team should end up looking something like this:

That means the unlucky men are the young spaniards, Jose Reyes and Cesc Fabregas. This is interesting when one considers the substantial role that these two played in undoing United in the Charity Shield. I’d certainly expect Jose to get 25 minutes or so to get some revenge on those bastard Nevilles.

Away from tonight’s game, Arsene has commented on Ashley Cole’s alleged meeting with Chelsea that “It looks to me like, yes, it has happened”.

Hm. You’d better have a good game tonight, Ashley.

C’mon you reds.

Cole stokes the fire of discontent…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 1

Contract negotiations have gone less than smoothly this season.

Sol Campbell stalled on his extension, Lauren was initially offered just one year, Jermaine Pennant seems to be at the point of being released, and we all know plenty about the Edu shenanigans.

However, Ashley Cole’s actions (if the News of the World is to be believed) are an undoubted shock to the system.

This is Ashley Cole. Our Ashley. A product of our youth system – a local boy at that. And this isn’t Real Madrid. This isn’t some bunch of “Galacticos” in a far-off land. This is Chelsea: the Russian-owned blue bastards from down the road.

It’s only when one considers a possibility like this, that one understands just how a Tottenham fan felt when Sol Campbell sold them out.

“It wouldn’t matter”, some have suggested, “We have Gael Clichy”. Don’t get me wrong, Gael Clichy is a great player. But Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world. And his departure would have massive symbolic significance. This is a possible future captain of our club that we’re talking about here.

It feels very wrong that I’m saying “Hopefully he’s just trying to get the most money he can out of Arsenal by showing he’s wanted elsewhere”. It shouldn’t be like that. But it is.