Archive for April 17th, 2009

17
Apr
09

Injury update and Meetups

Now that I’ve gotten my Chelsea hatred off my chest I can focus in on some squad news.

First, a huge blow as Bacary Sanga has been officially ruled out of tomorrow’s match. I held off reporting this until I could have it confirmed as I don’t want to instill panic, but now that the Dot.com is reporting it, it must be true. Feel free to start panicking.

Wenger says the right thing here when he points out that what Arsenal lack in numbers they make up for in quality.

I must say that we are now short in numbers but in quality we are still strong and Gibbs has shown that. But he has as well some fitness problems which we have to assess tomorrow. He did have a little test today but not a very strong one.  We are now short because we many players out at the back. When you consider that Gallas, Djourou and Clichy together, and Almunia, are all out, that’s a lot in the defensive part of our squad.

Gibbs is having a late fitness test tomorrow and his fitness will basically decide the back 4. Will it be Big Head, Toure, Eboue and Gibbs? Or will it be Song, Toure, Eboue and Big Head? I guess we’ll know tomorrow. Either way, it’s funny to be a Gunner hoping that a former Man U player has the game of his life in our shirt. He’s a Gooner now, I suppose, so COME ON YOU SILVESTRE!

As for Clichy, again, don’t panic, because there’s only one news source on this, but it’s being reported by Arseblog and one other place that Clichy suffered a stress fracture in his back and won’t be back for at least 3 weeks. This news, if true, is tremendously sad and I am hoping for a speedy recovery for our first choice left-wing-back.

The rest of the squad you already know about. Arshavin is excited to meet his national team coach and Fabianski turns 24 tomorrow. Happy birthday Lucas, I hope you have a cracker!

Finally, if you’re in town, you can come on down to Doyle’s and catch the match. Kickoff is 9am (PST) and we could use all the Gooners in Tacoma to drown out that one annoying Chelsea supporter. You all know who I’m talking about because she screams “COME ON YOU BLUES!!” and “I LOVE YOU JT!!” all fucking match.

Alex and I are trying to come up with a song to sing to her if Arsenal win. Post suggestions below.

That’s it, see you tomorrow!

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17
Apr
09

FA Cup Semi-Final; Red’s Revenge

I hate Chelsea and I’ve hated Chelsea as long as I can remember.

I know that Gooners are supposed to hate Tottenham and I do get this sort of visceral reaction to Tottenham when we have to play them but with Chelsea it’s a pretty active hatred. I know it’s strange but it’s simply a function of when I came in to the game. When I first started watching, Arsenal were top of the world and Chelsea were in their place: a scrappy little club that never won anything.

One day, some filthy billionaire scumbag decided that he wanted to create a live-action video game team full of the most hideous cunts and superstars. Money was no object, Roman simply parked his T-84 in South London and started firing stacks of £50 notes into the waiting arms of anyone who would take them.

That Chelsea cash unsettled the premiership in a way that will ripple out for decades. But while he was spending freely it was insanely frustrating to be a Gooner. Any time Arsenal were linked to a player (Drogba, Essien, Shawn Wright-Phillips, etc) Chelsea came in with a bid of 10 times what Arsenal bid, then they offered the player a contract that no team living within their means could ever offer and, of course, the player was off to Chelsea.

When that didn’t work, when they couldn’t prise the player away from the team legally, they’d fucking tap them up: illegally unsettling Arsenal players by offering them huge contracts.

I tried to get over it. After all, that won’t last forever, Roman’s money is running out, Chelsea are in debt to their owner to the tune of nearly a billion dollars AND they have won exactly the same number of trophies that Arsenal have won over the last two years: 0.

But I still can’t get over some things. Like the Carling Cup final.

The Carling Cup final was supposed to be the moment that Arsenal’s youth policy trumped Chelsea’s buy everything policy. Theo Walcott scored his first ever Arsenal goal

And Abou Diaby nearly took John Terry’s head clean off

It should have been a perfect game, a perfect day, the perfect end to those youngster’s cup run. But Chelsea knew a trick or two, they knew that if there was any argy-bargy that Arsenal’s youth would play against them, and Chelsea’s English-ness would count in their favor. So, they send Obi wan Mikel in to kick up the midfield and when he kicked Toure one too many times, Toure lost his mind and kicked back. In the ensuing imbroglio Howard Webb sent off two Arsenal players (Adebayor! His favorite Arsenal player to send off) and one Chelsea player.

It shouldn’t have ended like that, but that’s Chelsea and that’s why I hate them. And that’s why tomorrow might not be a revenge mission for Cesc Fabregas but it will feel like revenge if we beat them, for me.

Because of all the teams in the Premier League, I love beating Chelsea. I love beating them and forcing their soulless owner to go out and pay £50m for David Villa so that he can keep his fantasy football team going.

Come on you GUNNERS!




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