Arsenal At The Seaside: Donkeys Or Rock Hard?

Arsenal travel North to Blackpool, a trip to the seaside which has to show a maximum points return to keep the title flame that is currently flickering wildly in the hot air that surrounds the club. Manchester United found that Fulham were not interested in improving their woeful form at Old Trafford, rolling over letting the Premier League leaders tickle their tummies.

Arsenal, club in crisis. It is a headline that has not been written for a while, Liverpool’s debacle took care of that yet the media has been able to seize on the ‘civil war’ apparently engulfing the club. Following hot on the press conference fall out, the Arsène clear out of players, comes the ‘news’ that Manchester City will be bidding £40m in the summer for the services of Jack Wilshere.

Nothing will come of it, of that you can be sure. But it puts Barcelona on notice. £40m for a player just completing his first full season of Premier League football seriously inflates the value of a World and European champion. It is of course rubbish but then what do you expect of News of the World journalism, a News International organ that gives the bad name of journalists an even worse name.

On the pitch, it feels like a lifetime since the last Arsenal victory. March was awful. Simply appalling. The five goal romp over Orient was the last victory of any sort. Three Premier League draws were accompanied by two cup defeats. That sequence of results has to be broken with victory.

Wenger will be choosing from a partially depleted squad. Alex Song is definitely out whilst there are doubts about Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott. The latter seemed to be raising more concern during the week but the presumption must be at this moment that neither will make the trip.

The players seem to be aware that simply stepping onto the pitch is not going to be enough today. Blackpool are involved in the relegation dogfight, their expected position but membership of Premier League is not being cheaply surrendered.

Warnings of the potential pitfalls stare Arsenal in the face, a two goal lead against Manchester United and 2-1 / 3-1 victories over Liverpool and Spurs respectively. The potential is there, a focussed performance negates these.

The line-up I would expect Wenger to go with is,

Almunia; Eboue, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Fabregas, Diaby, Wilshere; Nasri, van Persie, Arshavin

Personally, I would prefer Wenger to go with a 4-4-2 formation with Rosicky making way for Bendtner. The Dane wittered on about DNA – where has this obsession with genetics in football sprung from? – of champions. Frankly, I’m not interested in that. Putting the ball into the back of the Blackpool net on more occasions that they breach the Arsenal backline is all that matters. To be honest, I don’t if the winner comes from the flukiest goal this side of Christendom so long as Arsenal take the three points on offer.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it. ’til Tomorrow.

327 thoughts on “Arsenal At The Seaside: Donkeys Or Rock Hard?

  1. JonJon says:

    why do you keep implying that gains??what the hell are you on about..
    ive been pissed off with the baord for years and its got fuckall to do with trophies..its cos they were planning to sell us..how many times do i have to say it..
    dont you understand?????please understand…
    having a mountain of debt and playing in a shit stadium doesnt make it a prime club for a buyer who wants a return on his investment without having to do much work on it does it?making it a cash cow with no debt and a gleaming stadium does…why buy a house before its built?
    fuck all to do with trophies mate..fuck all..all to do with money and greed..
    the board knew all along what they were going to do and we knew (or some of us did) they were going to do it..
    they cleared the debts and lied and ripped off the fans in order to get the deal done quicker..
    why take out a 27 year loan only to pay most of it off in a a quarter of that?? you dont go from being 450mil in debt to about a 100mil in 5 years if you havent got alternate intentions… why say your moving to a new stadium to be competetive if your not going to spend anything???
    why?? cos they wanted to make the club nice and plump and ripe for a multi million quid takeover before they were all too old to fucking spend it…
    we were being fucked and sold down the river and we knew it….although im glad they waited for stan and rejected the russian..or the uzbek..or whoever the fuck he is..
    youve just been caught up in all the spin the club have fed you over the years and put your head in the sand and your fingers in your ears when ppl have tried to tell you and told them they were cunts and to fuck off cos everythings perfect..
    something tells me your listening now though….
    we didnt want this takeover we were proud of our traditions but its happening and it was always going to happen so you either accept it or you dont..

  2. Dexter says:

    JonJon
    Sorry mate but that doesnt add up either. Just look at the chavs and man citeh. hardly cash cows, hardly profit making machnes, eyt here they are with sugar daddies happy to jettison multi millions with no returns.

    Tuth is the board could’ve sold us out BEFORE we built the Grove and before they went thru so much shit to get it built.

    Selling now has more to do with stopping usmanov than anything else, IMO. And its a bit snide and out of order to accuse the current board of being in it to make a fast buck. They have seen us thru the toughest time in our history, financially. hardly the stuff of carpet bagging profiteers mate.

  3. Dexter says:

    If anyone tried to sell us down the river it was Dein, yet he is the great saviour according to some.

  4. JonJon says:

    1lc
    i think stan will do ok for us..
    im not as worried as what alot of ppl are…
    i understand the lockdown deal on the shares are still in place so uzmanov cannot try muscle in on the shares and outbid him..
    stans the only player in this…
    i think this is the way forward for us…we need someone whos actually interested in the club and not interested in selling it cos the football suffers in the long run…
    fingers crossed eh??

  5. Gainsbourg69 says:

    Jon Jon, you just confirmed my point.

    “why say your moving to a new stadium to be competetive if your not going to spend anything???”

    Read what I said about being short sighted again.

  6. JonJon says:

    dexter..
    this is where ppl are mislead..it does add up..
    chelsea and citeh were lame ducks who needed 100’s of millions to make them what they are..
    there is no return on those clubs for the investor and the ppl who sold them had fuck all..
    arsenals different.. anyone invests in arsenal will have a return..we were primed…
    and i always thought dien was a cunt..but it seems he knew what the baord was doing and didnt agree with it and did whatever he could to stop it after they booted him out…
    ppl will never agree on this dexter and never have but the truth will come out..
    always good for debate though..

  7. JonJon says:

    dexter..
    this is where ppl are mislead..it does add up..
    chelsea and citeh were lame ducks who needed 100’s of millions to make them what they are..
    there is no return on those clubs for the investor and the ppl who sold them had fuck all..
    arsenals different.. anyone invests in arsenal will have a return..we were primed…
    and i always thought dien was a cunt..but it seems he knew what the baord was doing and didnt agree with it and did whatever he could to stop it after they booted him out…
    ppl will never agree on this dexter and never have but the truth will come out..
    always good for debate though..

  8. Limestonegunner says:

    BRF, your theory squares with Kroenke’s 50% stake in the separate Arsenal media company for developing online content, where the expected growth and profits are likely to be as well.

    But these things will be commercially more valuable if we can win the league soon.

  9. JonJon says:

    nah gains dont get ya…

    anyway im off night y’all be an interesting day tomorrow
    be funny as fuck if it was all a hoax 😉

  10. Dexter says:

    If the board wanted to sell the club, they could’ve sold out long before even contemplating the move to the Grove. Why go thru all that shit and struggle to find enough fanancefor the construction when all they had to do was sell to the 1st billionaire who cme along.

    Dein found 2 willing billionaires no problm, yet our board would rathr stick to their guns, see it out, hold tight and build the whole bloody thing! Nope, if they were in it for cash dividends, they’d have sold out time ago.

    This shit is a blocking move and all thanks to that cunt Dein selling his shares.

    But maybe I am wrong and being too simplistic?

  11. MDGunner says:

    “Yogi’s Warrior | April 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    SK made his money, I believe, from commercial property such as shopping malls (I believe you chaps call them).”

    ‘chaps’ = awesome guys

    @G69

    Yes I know, there s no clean capitalist money

    @Dexter
    Most Americans I know tend to make Arsenal into three syllables as in ‘Arrrs-sen-all’, rather than the the old Norf Bank monosyllable ‘Arsnul’

  12. Team spirit says:

    This is from phil m’s blog on arsenals chances for the PL… among other very annoying observations made in it, this one reallyy stunned me.

    “…”If you had a pair of tough centre-backs in there like Brede Hangeland and Gary Cahill, then what we saw against Blackpool is just not happening…”

    Are the people that make these comments ctually for real? How have any of these above named players (being automatic starters for their clubs) done better than even squillachi who is currently at least 3rd behind JD and LK?

  13. jaymin says:

    Arsenal. Three syllables. This is your language, we only borrow it, so you should set an example and use it properly : ) Especially since we’re gon’be ownin’ yo butts now.

    In all seriousness, I am ambivalent. At least Usmanov is a real billionaire who would furnish our club with ridiculous money to promote his own greatness, and you don’t honestly think UEFA will have the cojones to enforce FFP do you? I don’t know. Kroenke hopefully has access to free liquid capital from his wife. I don’t want another Glazer/Hicks-Gilette.

  14. jaymin says:

    And for those who say we’re doing fine, I say: imagine we had spent 20 million more, that’s it, in the summer, and signed David Silva. One player, and we’d probably be ten clear. All that BS about a GK crisis was nonsense: Fabs and Scezny did fine, any club would suffer with a third stringer like Al. We could not have forseen Vermaelen gone for the whole year. And who was available in January?

    But a pacey, skillful winger to allow Arshavin to move inside and let Nasri seriously understudy Fabregas in the middle. Oh man.

  15. Dgob says:

    Dexter,

    For assuming that you were a tool concerning supporting the current team and set up the other day: apologies!

  16. Gunner4Ever says:

    Is Stan the Man?
    We will see….

  17. Tokala says:

    Had a pretty sleepless night but am now fully reassured as Stan K has announced that PHW has accepted to continue as chairman…the Club is in safe hands

  18. Gunner4Ever says:

    Actually the worst thing that can happen with Stan, is fans expecting him to splash the cash a la Bramovich or the Oilers.

    I think people have to level their expectations or face a huge disappointment.

  19. Frank says:

    Young Mr Grace to start with, and then as G14 gets revived…….

  20. Frank says:

    Giant steps towards World club football instead of this international fiasco. In future the place for international football will be the Olympics.

  21. Frank says:

    I don’t think that SK will spend huge sums on players either, but I do think that he will bring in support for AW, who he admires greatly.

  22. Frank says:

    Oh I almost forgot. ‘Down with le Grave’ Boooooo Hissssss. Their worst nightmare has just come true. Haaaaaaaaahahhhhhhaaahhhaaaaaaaaa.

  23. goonerandy says:

    Complete schitzo performance from us yesterday. Created some great chances, but also looked worryingly easy to create chances against.

    Nice to see Jens back. I noticed give giving our players an earful on a number of occaisions, normally for not tracking their runners or losing their men at set pieces. That type of thing is missing all too often with this current team, so hopefully it will shake a few of them up, and in the longer term improve them as players.

    Welcome 3 points. Diaby my MotM.

  24. Frank says:

    Le Grave…bbboooooooooo…hisssssssssssss

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