Friday, November 15, 2002

Ahh, so the CL draw has occured, and I had a bad feeling we would draw Valencia. You remember Valencia, don't you? The team we played in the knockout stages 2 years ago? We lost on a John Carew header away, losing on aggregate 2-2 due to the away goals rule. So wouldn't you know it, we draw them. The group (Group B) is made up of: Valencia, Arsenal, Roma, and Ajax Amsterdam. Not an easy group by any means. Valencia is shit-hot right now, Roma will be tough as well. At least DB10 will be able to make it to the away match at Amsterdam, assuming he isn't injured.

For a full breakdown of the groups and matchdates, click here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Arsenal 0 - PSV Eindhoven 0 - Well, what can you say? We didn't lose, and that's about as much as can be expected. We were never really up for it, although floppy-ears could have scored inside of five minutes. Shaaban seemed to have a decent enough game, and Toure got sent off. Of course, like always, we played better with 10 men then with the full 11.

PSV Eindhoven, however, can go fuck themselves. Their squad put on a horrible display. Pires was hacked down every time he touched the ball, as were many of the other Gunners. I understand being physical but when you have nothing to play for (other than a UEFA cup spot) you could show some sportsmanship. PSV committed 24 fouls (to the Arsenal's 13) and had five players carded. It was funny to see PSV scramble to actually play some footie after it was announced that Auxerre were one-up over Dortmund, knowing that if the results stayed as they were they wouldn't even see the UEFA cup. And the results did stay. Of course it pleases me to no end that these fuckers won't be in Europe anymore, and judging by Holland's performace I'm glad that tosser never came to Highbury.

Finally, in other CL news . . . after Houllier promised something special in Basel, and even though this fan says Pool were playing a yoddling version of Sunderland, they still could only draw and go crashing out of the competition. Question: why does it take Houllier 45 minutes and being down 3 goals to realize that Owen can't play alone up front and that Heskey is crap???
Well I've been away for a while, apologies to anyone who stumbled onto the site only to see no updates for a week. It's been busy times around here, but hopefully I can get back to posting once a day or so. Anyway, onto tonight's match with PSV Eindhoven in the CL. Rami Shaaban will start as Seaman is hurt and depending on today's performance may make his Premiership debut against Sp*rs at the weekend. Campbell and Lauren are both out, meaning Igor and Oleg get starts. Expect Bobby Pires and GvB to start as well as they get back to match fitness. Bergkamp and Kanu will probably miss out, so we may see old floppy-ears Franny get the nod up front.

Monday, November 04, 2002

Fulham 0 - Arsenal 1 - Well, we could use a little luck after our horrible run we've been on . . . only an own-goal after a shank by Steve Marlet and two gratuitous referee decisions (when is the last time that has happened?) helped us secure the one-nil away win and stop the winless streak. A win is a win, but let's get down to brass tacks here . . . this was a pretty pathetic performance. Cygan and Campbell are proving to be shaky in the heart of defence, and it's clear that TH14 and some of the other boys are gassed and need a rest. Let's hope for everyone's sake that we see a boat load of new faces (where are you Franny, Rami, Pennant, etc.?) starting in the CL match on Nov. 12, as that is sandwiched in between two important home matches with the Barcodes and Sp*rs.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Not much today then, except the expected load of shit we can read in the press about how all of a sudden Arsenal are crap and should be playing in the second division and such . . . nevermind that. PV4 thinks we'll turn around our losing ways soon, let's hope he means Sunday against mini-Arsenal (aka Fulham). I had a nightmare last night that Inamoto scored late and we lost 1-0 . . . nothing could be worse than that.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Dortmund 2 - Arsenal 1 -

PRE MATCH THOUGHTS: Arsenal's confirmed lineup: Seaman; Lauren, Campbell, Cygan, Cole; Pires, Vieira, Gilberto, Ljungberg; Wiltord, Henry;

A draw is enough to see us through to round 2. And Arsenal haven't lost 4 in a row for 19 years I think. There can be only one result . . .

RUNNING GAME UPDATE: I feel nervous already . . . Dortmund hit the post after 90 seconds, uh-oh! . . . Thierry Henry lines up to put one in Row Z from a free-kick, but wait, he's shanked it and it's gone in for a goal after 18 minutes of play . . . Game on, One-Nil to the Arsenal! . . . 22 minutes and the Gooners chant, "You're not singing anymore" . . . FUCKING HELL, 38 minutes in and Dortmund equalize after an exact replay of Zola's goal against us at Chelsea (Free-kick takes a slight touch off Gilberto's head but Seaman was stuck on the goalline . . . again.) FUCK! . . . Halftime, 1-1 . . . Second half begins, Dortmund controlling possession . . . Long ball from Dortmund splits the defence and Koller is through 1-on-1 with the keeper . . . It's a fucking penalty . . . Rosicky scores and Dortmund go up 2-1 after 62 minutes . . . better news though as PSV are up 3-0 on 9-man Ox Hair . . . and if the results stay the same Arsenal will back door their way into the 2nd round . . . Bobby Pires comes off after a subdued performance, Toure comes on . . . Kanu and Edu come on for Super Sylv and Gilberto . . . 4 minutes of added time . . . And it's over. Our 4th successive 2-1 loss, yet we slip into the 2nd round through the back door. BULLSHIT! As I said above there can only be one result, of course this isn't the one I was hoping for. However, considering we had lost three in a row by a 2-1 scoreline, I guess it makes sense . . . .

Friday, October 25, 2002

Uggh . . . it certainly hasn't been a great week if you are an Arsenal fan. Although secretly I support Soton . . . but nevermind. Anyhow, here's a quick recap of the Arsenal-fucking that us fans have witnessed over the past 7 days:

Saturday, October 19, 2002 - Lost our first game since 1960 to a 16-year old, 1-2.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - Lost our first Champs League game of the year, signalling the first time we have lost two games in a row since 1937, failing to comb the Ox Hair, 1-2.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - As if losing to Ox Hair wasn't enough, it's announced the cost of the new stadium in Ashburton Grove is £100million over budget.

Friday, October 25, 2002 - Finally, PV4 gets banned 2 games and fined for telling a ref that he has 'no personality.'

Saturday, October 26, 2002 - Edu scores twice in the Blackburn match, however one goes past Seaman into his own goal, and Dwight Yorke grabs the winner as Blackburn take the 3 points, 1-2.

To continue on about Paddy, here's my take: If he was going to be banned he should have made damn fucking sure he DID call him a 'Fucking Wanker' which the FA determined he didn't do, even though fuck-face D'Urso said he did. So the FA punish PV4 for telling D'Urso he has no personality, however I'm sure the FA will do nothing about D'Urso's false match report. Make sense? Of course it does. Alan Smith and David Beckham can say anything they want to the refs, because let's face it, they play for the English national team and they would have to literally kill someone on the pitch for them to get banned. However foreign players are not their concern so they don't give a fuck. Tossers, nothing but tossers in the FA.

Finally, this string of bad luck follows Arseblogger changing the logo on his site. He has since changed it back, but the damage done is irreversible. I BLAME ALL OF THIS ON YOU ARSEBLOGGER! That and the fact I didn't wear my kit for either of the past two matches.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Are you truly an Arsenal fan . . . or do you subconsciously support another team? BBC has the quiz for you to find out. And after all was said and done, your's truly is . . . A SOUTHAMPTON SUPPORTER. Fuck me.