Thank Dennis it is Moyes – Five days till St. Totteringham’s Day?

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That was some day yesterday and yet it had nothing directly to do with Arsenal. First, the announcement of the retirement of Ferguson at the end of the season; second, the fear they might appoint Maureen, followed by the relief that it’s probably going to be Moyes; and third, the draw at Stamford Bridge – leaving us in a great position to finish in the top-four and with a good possibility to even end up in third position. And now we are hearing Rooney has told his club he wants to leave…

I wonder what sort of vulgarities the little boy inside Van Judas is shouting at him right now hahaha! 🙂

A new manager, as we have witnessed at all other major PL clubs in recent years, means transition and with that comes the risk of not achieving the things that are expected. If it is indeed Moyes, which still needs to be confirmed officially as I am writing this post, I would actually have some respect for the Mancs. Moyes has proven to be a fine manager at Everton where he worked very much within his comfort zone, and performed well with a limited budget.

But, managing the Mancs, with the kind of expectations and pressures that come with that club, will be a totally different ball game.

Over the years, Moyes has had really good seasons, often followed by relatively poor ones. I guess they have kept Ferguson on as a Director in order to mentor his fellow Scotsman, and this could be good as well as bad for the latter. But I must say I am relieved they went for him and not Maureen or Klopp (if at all available). The thought of Maureen implementing his boring brand of defensive football and buying a decent DM, CB, and getting a proper, experienced keeper into the current Mancs team was not a pleasant one. So spirits were lifted when Moyes’ name came to the fore. Let’s hope it will be confirmed shortly.

The reality is the Mancs are, just like us, unable to compete with the Oilers in the long term – unless FFP really works, which is unlikely. In recent years, they had to led Ronaldo and Tevez go and were not able to add the sort of calibre players the Southern and Northern Oilers have been buying. Yes, they were able to entice Van Judas away from us, but that was the first decent buy they made in the last few years; the rest are roughly on a par to Wenger buys, in terms of reputation and price-tag. And although VJ is good, he is not of the same calibre as Ronaldo.

The main reason MU remained successful domestically – the decline in Europe has been in stark contrast – is the home fortress of Old Toilet and, of course, the unparalleled tactical and result-orientated management skills of Ferguson. The red-nosed Scotsman’s knows how to make a set of players really work like a team, both tactically as well as motivationally/psychologically, and for that, and of course his incredible collection of silverware, he deserves undiluted credit. Furthermore, his ability to adjust to new threats, mainly caused by our own manager as well as Maureen in the last fifteen+ years, has also been remarkable.

I have little doubt that MU without Ferguson, and Moyes at the helm, will be less dominant going forward, and that is simply great news for us.

So next season, out of the current top teams only Arsenal, and to some extent MC, will have a settled and experienced manager.

Arsenal have a great opportunity to push towards the top now and we all know what needs to be done to establish it.

Are we five days away from St. Totteringham’s Day?

Yesterday’s draw between the Spuds and Chavs was possibly the best outcome for us. It leaves us with two top-four spots to fight for, whereas had Chelsea won it would just have been one, realistically speaking. Crucially, it also keeps us ahead of the Spuds, albeit with just one point. Chavs, Spuds and Arsenal have similarly difficult fixtures left and the best thing to do for Arsene and his boys is to just concentrate on winning our own games, and let the supporters do the rest.

Until yesterday’s game we have been in the position of having played one or more games more than our London rivals for quite some time. But after the weekend, the roles will be reversed and let’s hope that both, or at least one of them, will have dropped points – against Villa away (Chavs) and Spuds away (Stoke) – by the time we’ll play the Latics at the Home of Football on Tuesday.

The day that the Spuds cannot mathematically overtake us anymore – St Totteringham’s Day – could be only five days away. For that we need them to lose against Stoke this Sunday. Even a draw should be enough as our goal difference is far superior. However, even if the Spuds do not win against Stoke, which we really should not count on, we will need to beat Wigan on Tuesday and that is absolutely not a given, no matter how they will do in this Saturday’s FA cup final.

But with a bit of luck we’ll be celebrating St. Totteringham’s Day over team GB in just five days time! And wouldn’t that be nice! 🙂

Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!!!

Written by: TotalArsenal.

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102 Responses to Thank Dennis it is Moyes – Five days till St. Totteringham’s Day?

  1. babakrdaemi says:

    I fear a chelsea period of dominance now fergie has gone. Roman will know that with jose and his money it will be there for chelsea to take. I find tjat a worse prospect than utd

  2. Dylan says:

    I think there’s a good chance Spuds drop points. They’re at their seasonal point of collapse. The only thing keeping them going is Bale. I think Stoke could grind out a draw.

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi babakrdaemi

    Maureen at Chelsea is still a possibility and indeed not a nice prospect at all. But it all remains to be seen whether he could bring to the Chavs the desperately wanted beautiful winning football. He did not do it at RM and the relationship between him and the Russian is far from great. One lives in hope! 🙂

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Let’s hope so Dylan. Luckily Stoke still need a point to be safe and will do everything to get it at their last home game.

  5. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Morning TA.

    It saddens me to report, and i do this with great aprehension, that i fundamentaly disagree with my Spokesmans assesment of the Utd situation.

    Though i agree that Fergusons departure from Utd affords an opportunity to all there main rivals to take advantage of this “transition”, it is just an opportunity, no more no less.

    I refer you to Redders post on FFP and its consequences. The reality is that both Chelsea and City have already been affeceted by the rules and without a massive spending spree will find it very difficult to keep pace with Utd, who ever manages them.

    I would just like to point out that within the rules, both Europe and Premeir League, Arsenal will benefit enourmosly. FFP is putting a dent into our suger daddy rivals and the new Prem rules fall right into our hands. Wages increase restrictions are not restricted to sponsership income. In other words our new commercial deals are free of any rules and we can do what we like with increased income.

    The ramifications for Arsenal are massive. An extra £50, not turnover, but money in the pocket, generates a greater return money wise than the inital financial benefits of increased income from the stadium move.

    Everything is going to plan. Though City and Chelsea are not going away, with good management Arsenal have every chance to emerge as the chalanger to Utds dominance.

  6. mA says:

    hi all…nice post as always

    good that Red-nose is gone since i believe Moyes can’t have much success especially in the shot-term. but the fear is that Chavs will get Maureen of which could mean them dominating for some years to come.

  7. GoonerEris says:

    Bring on Maureen at the home of the Chavs! I feel after the De-mystification he has endured in Spain, he will have lost a bit of his aura. We just need to make the right additions and we can compete. COYG!

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Terry 🙂

    Thanks for your response. You might be right going forward; that is, if FFP will work properly which I doubt very much. In the last few years, MU have not been able to compete with the Oilers in terms of top calibre player purchases: right or wrong?

    Also, I think you severely underestimate the value of a top management at a team: it is at least 50% of what is needed for success, and the departure of RedNose will be a massive miss for them imo.

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi mA, agreed.

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    That is the spirit G-Eris 😛

    Who would you like to join us this summer?

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    mA, do your initials stand for our own Zorro, the wonderful Artetatatatatatata!?

  12. Gunnermike says:

    Whilst I very much like the idea of FFP, I do feel that the likes of Manshitty and Chelski will find ways around it and will continue to buy the trophies.

  13. VCC says:

    St. Totteringham’s Day may not come until the last day of the season, even then it will be squeaky bum time.

    I think Spurs will draw with Stoke and beat Sunderland, giving them 70 points. That means we have to win at least won against Wigan or Newcastle, surely we can achieve that?

    If Spurs win both their games that will put huge pressure on the shoulders of the Arsenal players. Will we stand up and be counted? I sincerely hope so.

    I’m camping with Glic behind his sofa for several days, bye.

  14. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Hi TA

    In the last 2 years Chelsea have been finnishing a good 20 points off Utd. They might make a marquee signing e.g, cavani and bring in Mourino, but that wont be enough.

    City won the league last year on goal difference and this year have been trounced points whys by Utd

    Both City and Chelseas “best” sides came when there was hugh and unprecedented spending sprees. Neither club has the capacity to do that again. Utd, on the other hand are becoming increasingly stronger with increased revenues from sheer marketing power.

    I dont disagree with your analysis of the importance of a manager, in fact it is another reason why Utd, and hopefully Arsenal will become stronger. Substitute “Manager” for “Club stability” and the likes of Utd and Arsenal have it in spades, City and Chelsea do not. even if Mourino goes back to chelsea, how long before Abramovitch gets fed up with the special one making him weak tea?

    Dont misunderstand, Chelsea and City are not going away. They are investing hughly in youth, procuring new comercial deals (some dodgy) and exploring ways to move or increase stadium. But that is the point, they are doing this on the back of new financial rules and the long term need for financial sustainability.

    Chelsea and City might well win titles in the next ten years, and Moyes might even be regarded as an eventual flop, but Utd are, and will remain the Club to beat.

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Gunnermike, hard to see it work properly! 😦

    VCC, agreed: it will a big test for our boys but we can do it! 🙂

    (I really thought Spuds would beat Chavs yesterday, so I am mightily relieved right now)

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    All good points Terry. Let’s see what will happen this summer. I predict that the Chavs will spend another £100m if not more. Citeh is hard to say as they have behaved a bit more last summer, but this could change easily and like us they will feel this is their chance to get back to the top. So expect them to spend in the region of £200m this summer. FFP could fully honour RA (unintended) description, I am afraid. 😕

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Guys,

    Just to repeat my message at the end of last blog. Tonight, between 9-10 HH’s fine new post will come out. 🙂

  18. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    Manure are probably in the best position comparative to the rest.

    They have always found the money to spend on players over the years from Stam, Horse Face, Ferdinand, Rooney and many more. They will still compete with the Chavs and Citeh if FFP does not work.

    If FFP does work, then with their huge commercial revenues, which is among the biggest 2 or 3 clubs in the world, they will soon become the only team to compete with Real, Barca and Bayern.

    We will be OK, but I suspect we will always be the second best in the money stakes, either way.

  19. VCC says:

    Hi Terry. Nice to see you have come out of hibernation. 🙂

    From your comments, would you purchase any players/player this summer or would you stick with what we have?

  20. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Ther is no such thing as FFP “working properly”. Ther are rules and Clubs will work around them and in some cases to certain degrees will even try to circumvent them.

    The essence is that the rules will and have already effected City and Chelsea and will continue to effect there planning and strategies.

    FFP and the new Premeir league rules are not a magic bullet. They are hurdles that will slow down suger daddy clubs to the extent that self sufficent power houses like Utd, Munich, Madrid and Barca, and hopefully eventully Arsenal will have the capacity to defeat them.

    City and Chlesea are fully aware of this, so are looking at ways to acheive self sustainabilty parity with the established elite.

  21. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Hi Vics

    I do think we will spend this summer. The ball park has changed and all of a sudden we have a hugh increase in cash.

    We need players if we are to compete, so yes, i want the Club to look for the needed quality

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RA 🙂

    It has been a long time since they paid top dollar for a player, except for RvP who at £24m is also not top end of the market (compared to £50m for Torres for example).

    Over the last three years, MC and Chelsea have each spend significantly more on player purchases. Now you might be right that MU can spend as much as the Oilers do, but they have not been doing so recently.

  23. VCC says:

    Terry, your a hard man to deal with…. 😉

    Who, how many and what positions/position?

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    Good points Terry, but I cannot see how they have effected the Chavs in recent years…

  25. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahaha, sorry Vics

    I dont realy do specific transfer speculation. it infers that i know more about players than Wenger and the Arsenal coaching staff, so find the whole thing a bit ridiculous.

    In general terms however, i would like to see us go for a top striker, wide man, and athletical central midfielder.

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    You are just too humble Terry 😛

  27. VCC says:

    Stretch, you keep your cards close to your chest.

    How’s the micro wave cooking going? Try those cook in a bag special meals from Asda. The lamb one is delicious.

  28. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    TA, the statistics are there. i am not computer literate enough to post them on the site but Chelseas net spend taken on 3 year cycles has fallen since Abramovitchs initial splurges.

    It is also the nature of there transfer activity which i find particulay fasciniating. There recent outlays on younger players, unproven at the top level, on players like Hazard and Oscar, smack of a shift towards youth and resale vaule. Effects of FFP?, i think so.

    Departure of players like Drogba and Anelka, and the ineveitable culling of the likes of Lampard and Terry to reduce the wage bill are all in the offing also

    In real terms, Chelsea have become a premeir league also ran. Scrapping with Arsenal and Spurs for champions league spots, and finnishing 20 points behind the leaders. This is the reality that i see.

  29. Red Arse says:

    TA, my comment deliberately spanned a number of years to show that prior to the oliers popping up, Manure always paid top dollar for players, and creamed off the best players available because they always had the money to do so.

    In recent times they have never been short of spending power, it is just that they have spread it out more, rather than going for individual marquee ‘one offs’.

    So rather than Dzeko, or Aguerro for City, or Torres for Chelsea, they have bought Smalling, Jones, Zaha etc, and every year they have always bought fresh blood into the club, and will do so big time this summer.

    When FFP gets underway their transfer spending will remain constant, whereas the oilers spend will have to drop, unless they can magic up some more commercial sponsorship.

    Not quite sure what point you are making, to be honest.

  30. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sounds delicious Vics. hahaha

    Catch you boys later, work calls.

  31. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Redders, totaly spot on. Great post on FFP the other day, sorry i wasnt around to comment

  32. alexgunners says:

    Hi Guys just a quick one today.

    Firstly TA nice post but ManUre have the finances and the team to continue to be strong.
    I am just hoping that there is some disharmony amongst the Mancs as their leader is now gone and it will take someone with great stature to control all those egos. Similar with the chavs and how no manager since Maureen has ever really controlled what happens at the club.

    VCC,

    Here are my predictions for this round of the UMF.
    See my watch does work, it is actually a little early.

    Everton (H)
    Liverpool (A)
    Manure (H)
    THE GUNNERS (H)
    ManShitty (A)

  33. Red Arse says:

    Hi Terry, 🙂

    As usual I must reiterate that any comments about you being locked in the cellar, again, and awaiting shipment out to Battersea Dogs Home was the result of malicious rumours spread by Dr Glic, and his anonymous diagnosis of your little problem!! 😀

    Thanks for your comment re FFP, and your input would have been illuminating.

    The future is bright — the thirsty goats are steering, as you would say!! 🙂

  34. malaysian gunner says:

    For any team to win and dominate all the time,get the refs on your side. Then we shall see.
    With the greatest of respect to rf,he has been helped by refs according to thegunners ref analysis. That’s why for all his strangelhold on the epl,he has found dominating in the cl a tough act. Besides the refs ,the re could be other factors against him.
    Players in the cl are tough and uncompromising compared to epl guys. Tackles/Fouls in the cl could be rewarded with a yc/rc compared to the slap on the wrists by epl mo.Furthermore the managers are expert tacticians. Arsenal have been in slumberland the last 8 years and Wenger could finally be about to launch a sustained challenge to the rf dominance.
    First Wenger has to win his games to get the cl,if he wants to be taken seriously next season.Failure to get the cl could show he is way off competing with the best.

  35. mA says:

    TA…lol
    the initials aren’t in any way related to MA08. nice thinking though

  36. Admir says:

    I felt more or less the same way like you did, TA, before I found out something horrible.

    I’ve read that Mike Dean is a referee that will do our match against Wigan and it smells big time. 😦

    Regarding other things, I considered it again and here are my conclusions.

    1) Mourinho in United was a good story for newspapers, especially as there are things like mutual respect hyena and jackal…I’m sorry, Mourinho and Ferguson have had for each other; however, Ferguson is going to be a director in FAnchester United which probably means he’ll do stuff Beckenbauer has done in Bayern for years – pissing over those who haven’t done their job as Kaiser expected; Mourinho had to fight with Valdano over power in Real Madrid and won it but he wouldn’t dare to fight Ferguson on his own ground. It’s a good thing Mourinho is not coming to United because he would attract more quality players to United with his name than Moyes would. However…

    2) …Moyes in United brings another type of danger. He might take some Everton players with himself (Fellaini would cover a lot of empty space in United midfield, Baines would be an upgrade on Evra and Buettner while Jagielka could be tempted to make a big transfer) which would inject some fresh blood in United. In a way, Moyes might do exactly what you were afraid Mourinho would do at United – bring in a proper CB and a DM.

    3) United have had an upper hand on City when it comes to bringing players due to club stature, constant trophies, Ferguson, world-wide popularity and tradition. After all, when I see someone on Facebook having “Manchester City” in his/her profile (a cover photo/part of user name/item that is liked), I know that person is either younger than 15 years, older than sixty years or a member of huge “Edin Džeko fan club”. 😀 City have had to cover for that difference by giving an extra amount of cash to players both Manchester clubs wanted to sign (Na$ri might be the best example). Now, United lost one huge advantage over City and it remains to be seen how losing that one would affect the others.

    4) Rooney? I say let’s sign him. Let’s find him an old hag to shag, sign him from United (he won’t be a Silvestre, for God sake) and leave Van Judas to cry on Evra’s shoulder (BTW, I always wondered has Van Judas asked Evra to apologize to him for that Men v Boys statement he gave while VJ was still wearing a proper shirt?). Wenger said for Rooney – only after Rooney scored his first goal in career against us – that he never saw a player with more talent so that one could work for everyone.

  37. Excellent post…AS ALWAYS TA!!!!

    Fergie’s retirement could not have come soon enough…I’m still celebrating…hopefully, this will dent(even if not 4 long) manure’s dominance…in the mean time, just hope Arsene INVESTS in the squad coz if he does, i swear in the name of DENNIS BERGKAMP we WILL rise again…the squad is just 2-3 TOP CLASS players to start competing with the other top dogs

    Finally, full marks to RAMBO 4 winning Player of the Month award…totally deserved…just need to keep working even harder to cement his spot in the 1st team

    OOOOOHHHH HAPPY DAYS!!!!!….St. Totteringham’s Day is nearly upon us!!!!!!!!!!

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    RA

    I got the impression that you believed MU were still buying marquee signing; that is what my point was about. Much ado about nothing hahaha. 🙂

    Terry,

    The Chavs are rejuvinating but without a steady manager. Long may it continue hahaha 🙂

  39. TotalArsenal says:

    Excellent news Kenian G! 🙂

    Let’s hope all Gooners treat this news with the respect it deserves!

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Ok mA, I guess they are not footie related then?! 🙂

    You could have said and you would have scored some cool-points! hahaha.

  41. TotalArsenal says:

    All good points, Admir.

    Yes Moyes will be able to strengthen his team and could bring those players you mentioned. But he is not the same calibre compared to Maureen in making his team unbeatable, I reckon. That is a very important difference.

    Van Judas crying on Evra’s shoulders is a satisfying image 🙂

  42. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    I was just making the point about Manures overall financial muscle, which they have had for many years now and will continue to have spending power, whichever way the cookie crumbles with FFP.

    I hope I am wrong, but to ‘balance their fans’ expectations’ with Fergie going, I think they will spend big this summer, with one or maybe two marquee signings.

    Maybe we will too — we can live in hope. 😀

    If Arsenal buy a job lot of ‘lesser’ players, such as Park, Santos etc — Kroenke can go and get stuffed. On the other hand, if we buy well — he will be my hero!! 🙂

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Ok Redders, all agreed. Let him buy well! 😛

  44. Bond James says:

    lads lads lads,

    we win against Wigan and that basically means we do Newcastle a favour and they are safe and secure.

    if we can’t beat wigan after a 10 day rest where wigan have had to play 3 games with tired legs then i don’t see how we could justify us being a quality team or a top 3 one….as long as we keep all 11 on the pitch for both games, we should be home and dry (fingers crossed).

    re- Moyes, then he is going to be inheriting a squad and team of champions, who know how to win and deliver on the big stage, mind you, he will be a phone call away from his mate SAF as well if he needs help here and there, also bear in mind that there is talks of C.Ronaldo returning (it looks very very likely that he will be coming back to England), also talks of Rooney possibly leaving which could also mean the arrival of Lewandowski.

    so even with Fergie gone, i suspect they will be right up there.

    Chelsea by all means will never be “the invincibles” even if they spent another 500 million 😀

    first thing first, let’s get the CL qualification sorted and be ruthless, winning by a 5 goal margin against a tired and open playing football team like wigan should be within reach i reckon 😉

  45. VCC says:

    Cheers Alex…..I see your new Rolex is working well. 🙂

    Your odds are = 7-1

  46. Highbury Harmony says:

    Alex, are you still around?

    Just wanted to let you know about the BK Fantasy Premier League we’re starting next year and wondering if you’d be interested! It’ll likely be a $10 entrance fee and the winner of the pool will get an Arsenal kit with a player on the back of their choosing!

    This message also applies to Oz, Admir, ‘mair, Henry, Glic, Terry, RA, AFC, PPP, Gerry, TA and any other BK regular (VCC, BJ and 17ht thanks for already committing). I really feel as though this could be another differentiator and something fun to go along with the UMF league!

  47. Highbury Harmony says:

    Before I get to the article at hand, it’s interesting reading this morning’s rumours. It appears AW and the board are at a crossroads in regards to which direction they should go with a new striker. The board wants to replace Giroud and sign Wilfried Bony, where as AW wants to sign Remy and rotate him with Giroud.

    What makes this fascinating is that Giroud will likely ultimately become plan B since AW has always enjoyed fluid, technical, pacey strikers. The only thing holding AW from buying Remy before was his injury history and whether or not he’d adapt to the EPL so quickly.

    Should make for a fascinating summer!

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    I am all for it, HH and I am sure Glic will join if he can win a player on his backside hahaha 😛

  49. Bond James says:

    the only downside to signing Remy is the obivious – injuries

    however, pairing him up with another French striker means there might be a better understanding if both were asked to play together ? Remy can play in all 3 positions up front, no reason why both can’t play in tandem or be rotated.

    Bony as word has it isn’t as keen on back tracking and helping out with defensive duties that we’re so used to seeing in this new Arsenal team, even the likes of Giroud spends more time in his own half sometimes as opposed to being in the opposition’s.

    i’m not sure why the board want bony since it’s Wenger’s team and he should be given the freedom to buy who ever he feels best but at the same time, i would be unhappy at getting someone with a bad injury record and another french player ?

  50. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, fantastic article and I agree that the sudden retirement of SAF can only benefit Arsenal further. It would have been nice to have won a title over Manure with SAF at the helm though. There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding the club with Rooney wanting out (has for 3 years) and how a new manager and his tactics will affect the club. However, if the retirement is due to a more comfy position, age or the impending hip surgery SAF needs to have, how long is it until he returns to the sidelines if Manure are not performing, considering his competitive and emotional nature?

    Respect where respect is due though, as Moyes simply cannot replicate what SAF has done at Manure. Serving as a director will surely mean offering his advice in tactics pre-game and advising on transfers since Moyes is particularly weak in this area when given a more expansive budget. However, SAF’s training regiment, timing of his substitutions and the will he had over the squad is something that Moyes will have to adapt to and harness quickly if he’s to succeed.

    I am very hopeful that the Spuds will not qualify for CL footy and for them to forever be playing on Thursday nights. AVB and their players are all twats and they deserve to once again miss out since they are clearly not “Europe’s Elite”. No matter what happens with them, we just need to focus on our own two matches and come away with victories and we’ll cement our place in the top 4.

    It’s interesting that Wigan could be relegated, yet will still play in the Europa league next year. Cup winners making it to the second tier of Europe’s elite always befuddles me and is a rule that should be wiped. Yes, it’s nice to honour the efforts of the clubs lower in the table who may win a cup, but at the same time you are leaving out higher quality clubs like Liverpool, WBA etc.

  51. Highbury Harmony says:

    Excellent TA, a BK FPL pool would not be the same without our fearless leader not in it :)!

    I think if Isco joined the league/Arsenal, Glic would try to clone him and field a team of 11 Isco’s hahaha! Not only that, Glic would surely want Isco on his backside too 😉

  52. Bond James says:

    pardon my ignorance but how does this UMF league work (what is it what is it )

  53. Highbury Harmony says:

    BJ, it’s purely “whispers” and likely conjecture on the part of the media to further twist and bend the actual truth on what is happening behind close doors :). We’ll see what happens this summer but I wouldn’t be surprised to see neither player come to Arsenal. Push came to shove, I think AW will get his way and purchase Remy if he truly wants him though. I envision Jovetic joining Arsenal in the DB10 role and Giroud and Theo/Poldi rotating up front, with the latter two also rotating on the wings. All three forwards will become better players because of Jovetic’s play and presence (well hopefully).

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ 🙂

    As posted yesterday, I am not keen on either of them. Bony is not a team worker according to my very knowledgable Dutch footie friend, and Remy disappears too many times in a game.

    The BoD might prefer Bony because of the new commercial links with African companies.

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers HH and all agreed.

    However, I would love to see the cup winners cup being reintroduced and all national cup winners fighting it out between each other for Europ’se Cup Winner title.

  56. Bond James says:

    agreed with both, HH and TA

    let’s get the CL sorted and i reckon we’ll soon be hearing official announcements re-Jovetic, i have it on a fairly reliable source that we’ve offered 19 million plus add ons and personal terms with the player all taken care off.

    by the way, is it me or anyone else share the same opinion that Fabianski might be starting against Wigan ? he’s started making some very confident noises.

  57. TotalArsenal says:

    HH,

    The ultimate mini-todger would even change his blog name to Gooner Lost in Isco’s Arsenal 😛

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ, I leave it to the ultimate Ugly Mother Fecker and organiser of the whole thing, VCC, to explain it to you.

    Re Fabianski – I would be very surprised but if he starts, we will definitely go for an experienced GK this summer.

  59. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ, I might have asked this before – my memory is not my strongest asset – but where are you based and for how long have you been supporting the mighty red and white?

  60. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA @ 16:52 🙂 nice one! The micro todger must be on his weekly route to Stoke to get his pounding…I mean for his parceling. Not even here to defend himself

  61. Red Arse says:

    I understand Moyes has been confirmed on a 6 year contract with Manure.

  62. TotalArsenal says:

    HH 😆
    He usually does Stoke on a Friday. Maybe he is just lost for words (hard to imagine that, though).

  63. henrychan says:

    Hi all..
    TA.. Altough I don’t realy like this call Sir.. Alex Ferguson.. but 27 years surely be a record that hardly can break..
    I don’t think many of us have such patient to wait Wenger stay for another 10 years more.. hahaha..
    Farewell Sir.. Happy retirement..
    EPL never be the same without you..

    I think Ferguson is old enough to watch MU suffer in the years to come.. hehe.. Cause Arsenal.. and some clubs will getting stronger..And We surely don’t want to see.. this old grandpa.. get a heart-attack in our field.. haha..

    Chelsea have a hard games in this twoo week.. that take a lot of energy.. and with their ambition to get the first Euro Cup.. they will not play fullteam again Villa.. cause they know Benfica isn’t easy to handle..
    But I don’t think Villa can beat Chelsea also.. Draw is the best to happen..

    Spurs will face Stoke away.. Spurs always draw in their last three away games.. Again negative football like Stoke show again us.. I think another draw for Spurs..

    And I also think only Liverpool get a benefit from away game.. Fulham drop my simphaty after lost to reading at home.. haha..
    Other.. excdyept MU and Everton home.. will all draw..

    So.. VCC my champion..
    To give you a hard week.. I will choose five draw.. for Chelsea.. Spurs.. QPR.. Sunderland and Norwich.. hahaha..

    RA.. I like your positive way about Bony.. hehe.. Yes.. We must get him instead of Jovetic.. haha..

    And for Wigan.. they will not win the FA.. and We have 10 days off.. So We will win 3-1.. hehe.. Go gunners..

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Redders – Now let’s sign up Arsene for six years too! 🙂

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    wow Henry – I am having whatever you are having hahaha 🙂

  66. Red Arse says:

    History tells us that the next manager to follow someone, like Ferguson, who has been in situ for many years, is that they will fail very quickly.

    I give Moyes a maximum of two years before they bring in the Nauseating One!

  67. Highbury Harmony says:

    RA, you mean the nauseating one to look at, FSW? 😉

  68. Red Arse says:

    Hi HH,

    I was definitely not talking about Glicster!! 😀

    Maureen will do a couple of years at Chelsea, before moving to Manure! maybe?? 🙂

  69. Bond James says:

    TA,

    London and too long 😉

    Moyes deserves his chance and i’ll be extremely foolish to write him off, a 6 year contract means he will be given ample time to settle in by that i wouldn’t expect them to sack him after 2 years if he fails to deliver the goods.

    besides, he already has a strong playing 15 to choose from, a luxury he never had before.

    it’s interesting whether he will be able to persuade wayne rooney to stay, i reckon because of the past history , rooney wants to leave utd.

    with ibra all set to leave PSG, i think beckham will be able to help lure shrek to france , of course last time he started throwing all his toys out of his pram, he ended up with a mega contract and crazy amounts of money (i do suspect at that time it was SAF using him to get more money out of the owners in regards to transfers etc etc).

    HH,

    you can add 2 more players on “the pre-contact or almost done deals reported”, yep, so that’s Ashley williams and Villa heading towards Emirates according to the rumour mill, going by this rate, only a matter of time before we get Rafa Benitez on a pre-contract next year 😀

  70. Bond James says:

    speaking of Benitez , just imagine if he went to Everton, what a betrayal that would be to liverpool, ha ha

  71. RockyLives says:

    TA
    Nice report.

    I think Ferguson had a strong inkling that ManUre face tough times in the next few years: clearly falling behind the top European sides at ECL level; not able to compete financially with the Norther and Southern Oilers; a decidedly average squad much in need of refreshing…

    I believe he stepped down now because he wanted to leave on a high and there was no way he could guarantee that if he stayed on for even one more season.

    Moyes, as you say, has done well with limited resources but this is a whole different level of expectation. I would be surprised to see him still there after two seasons.

    Best of all – this a real opportunity for us, even though the Mancs will undoubtedly hope that by keeping Old Red Nose around they can continue to intimidate the refs.

  72. RockyLives says:

    Bond
    That would be funny.

    There’s talk of Mark Hughes going to Everton. They’re not that stupid, are they?

  73. Bond James says:

    Mark hughes has the best agent in football, always seems to get him where no one expects him to be and on silly money as well, i wouldn’t rule it out, however, i do feel Martinez is more deserving and he may well get the nod ahead of Michael laudrup and phil neville.

  74. RockyLives says:

    UMF:

    Villa v Chavs – D
    Orcs v Spuds – D
    Toffees v Irons – H
    Cottagers v Dippers – A
    Naaarch v WBA – H

  75. RockyLives says:

    If I was Everton’s owner I’d make a big play for Gary Neville.

    You’re right about Hughes, Bondie. How he gets these jobs despite failing wherever he goes is beyond me.

  76. Red Arse says:

    Me too! 🙂

  77. Bond James says:

    i doubt if Gary N would want to be a full time coach just yet, his brother Phil is more likely to get into full time coaching by the end of this season and holds the necessary qualifications as well ? there were talks of Phil coming to old trafford with Moyes as one of his backroom coaches.

  78. RockyLives says:

    Redders
    You too what?

    Or was that “yoo hoo”?

  79. RockyLives says:

    By the way TA, you are very naughty talking about a certain Saint’s Day before it happens. It makes the superstitious among us a little uncomfortable…

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    I know Rocky, naughty is my middle name hahaha. 😛

    Agreed on Moyes facing a huge challenge. I am surprised they went for him as it must be one of the more coveted management roles in Europe. They obviously were not able to get Guardiola and Klopp, and possibly did not want Maureen. Moyes has never won a cup during his time at Everton, so wow, he has a challenge now!

  81. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ

    London is big – whereabout roughly.

  82. TotalArsenal says:

    Re Everton manager, I reckon Steve Clarke would be a great option.

  83. RockyLives says:

    I just checked the UMF table.

    Thank goodness for GLIC 😳

  84. Highbury Harmony says:

    BJ, at this rate half of the footballers in all of the world will be playing for Arsenal next season. As always with the media, approach with caution ;).

  85. Highbury Harmony says:

    RA @ 18:35 :). Is it better or worse that the Glicster is not able to properly defend himself?

  86. Highbury Harmony says:

    If I were Everton’s manager, I’d give serious consideration to Martinez of Wigan or the former Chel$ea caretaker Roberto Di Matteo. Both would be top notch managers that would hopefully allow Everton to play some better footy. Everton have some good potential pieces in place between Mirallas, Pienaar, Anichebe, Jelavic, Distin, Jagielka etc (assuming Baines and Fellaini will be sold).

  87. Bond James says:

    Di Metteo is a good shout, HH.

    in between Walthamstow and t.hale @ TA…not far away from the emirates, what about you ?

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Currently Norwich. Have lived in Muswell Hill (early nineties), Docklands (Gallions Reach) and Greenwich in the last decade.

  89. Bond James says:

    Gallions reach has developed a lot if you haven’t been there in the last 5-10 years, massive tesco and play of other useful shops there as well….have lived in the docklands area or near abouts myself (beckton) not so long ago.

    so that’s Draxler signing a new long term contract at schalke.

  90. TotalArsenal says:

    I lived there till about 2007, BJ, and Tesco/Shopping Centre was indeed completed. It was just a during the week thing though. I know Beckton too – and of the DLR line..’ 🙂

  91. Glic says:

    Evening Gay Lord Shirtlifters or as I will now address you from now on as ( obviously in an endearing manner ! ) BBB`s. I cant wait for you lot to ask me what is BBB`s, as you are too slow you Stefan Kuntz !. BBB`s stands for Broke Back Bergkampesquer`s ! ( it`s fitting there`s a “kamp” in Bergkampesque ! ), although sometimes I might add an extra B for Bastardo`s !.
    Maybe we can have a vote on it…..Triple B`s or Quadruple B`s ?. hahaha

    Fine post Head BBB ( BBBB) ( sounds like I`ve got a fffff**king sssstutter ! )

    I have to agree with a lot SSSStretch has ssssaid,….f**k me , get a grip man !. ( sorry, I`ve had a long day driving…an extra trip to Orcsville, then done some weights and off for some 5-a-side, but the bastards were not there, scared of a bit of wind and rain…f**cking girl blouses ! ), although I cant see someone else replicating SAF`s reign, but, because of who they are, they will always be there or thereabouts !.
    Also agree with HH from yesterday, it must be the Spuds to miss out on CL, it will knock them back hard and Bale will surely be gone and the Spuds will fade away again. Whereas the Chavs will be able to buy and weather it !.

  92. Bond James says:

    believe it or not, Wayne rooney has also been linked strongly to Arsenal, apparently we have registered our interest in him.

    he’ll be available for 20 million but wages would be a major stumbling block as i don’t think he will be wanting to take a pay cut (even though it may benefit him from the tax point of view).

    would we want Arsenal to Sign shrek if possible ?

  93. Glic says:

    Cant see it Double ohh six and nine tenths, he`s on over £200 k p w…allegedly !.

  94. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha Glic 😛

    The only BBB(B) on BK is you my friend, but as the Red Hot CP sing: ‘It’s so lonely when you dont really know yourself’ hahaha 😀

  95. TotalArsenal says:

    Shrek will be off the Paris Saint Grannies – oooh la la! 🙂

  96. Bond James says:

    hence wages being a major stumbling block, gleek 😀

  97. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha Glic coming back with a vengeance, I particularly enjoyed “Gay Lord Shirtlifters”. Lol wut is that?!

  98. Glic says:

    Hahaha Being the instigator of such comments make`s me immune !. 😀

  99. Highbury Harmony says:

    Buying Shrek from Manure would be the only form of vengeance that compensates for the transfer of van Judas. Rooney would be a perfect fit for the DB10 role as well and is EPL tested. Doubt he’d go for 20 mil though BJ, that is wishful thinking my friend! I’d imagine he’d cost in the range of 30-40 mil, effectively pricing him out of Arsenal’s grasp.

  100. Highbury Harmony says:

    Just imagine, Rooney feeding Giroud/Poldi/Theo and getting delivery from Santi, Jack and a more forward thinking Arteta. He’s never had distributors like that at Manure!

  101. Glic says:

    As if you don’t know HH !. I`m not falling for that one !. hahaha

  102. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post! 😛

    HH shows us how Arsenal’s focus on sustainability is working for us and what the club need to do next. A well-written and typically thorough, fantastic post by our Tiger from Toronto. 🙂

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