One Year of Bergkampesque: An Anniversary Tribute

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I have been a friend of Total Arsenal, the Major Domo of Bergkampesque, for approximately three years, since we first chatted and spectacularly fell out in a misunderstanding over nothing at all, while chatting on another respected blogsite we then both frequented.

After this uncertain start, we soon formed a strong and lasting bond and discussed football, and Arsenal in particular from dawn till dusk, and quickly realized that we had similar, if slightly nuanced views, on the best club in the world.
That, however, did not stop me from being entirely provocative, on occasion, like other fiery, forthright bloggers nowadays. I sometimes, for example, claimed to give credence to certain controversial matters just so that I could argue with TA, because his agile mind and brilliant grasp of English fascinated me, and enabled me to cross verbal swords with him without fear of it offending either of us.

TA’s grasp of Arsenal’s strategic and tactical team innovations together with his superb football knowledge is, as you know, second to none, and quite confounded me on many occasions, though he would always deny this in his usual unassuming way.

He was the author of many excellent Posts for the other blog site, on these and other matters, as well as writing first class match reports, and when he did there was no more avid fan than me in wanting to read his latest musings, and this desire to read the views expressed in his Posts has continued on to BK, and I know you all feel the same way.

Somewhat uniquely, he also engaged with me in discussing non-footie related matters too, primarily in the lulls when international matches were played, and the resultant discourses on poetry, science, mathematics, philosophy and humour were wonderful interludes, stretching the mind and enlivening the interests of many of the other good guys when the ‘dreads’ (boring disaffected, miserable gits) were belching out their unwanted, misanthropic views on everything and anyone associated with Arsenal.

It is now the first anniversary of Bergkampesque, this fantastic website, and from a quiet start it has quickly found its own unique place in Arsenal blogdom, with a brilliant bunch of bloggers from all over the world, who ‘own’ the site, and not only engage in some wonderfully insightful comments, but also help TA by writing some of the very best Posts that can be read anywhere.

Indeed, the repartee, the cut and thrust of the comments, the amazing footie knowledge of so many of you,  leavened with the wit of some of the most amusing scallywags that were ever born or hatched, has produced an amazing forum for people with respectfully differing viewpoints based on the platform of each participant’s deep love of the club.

So, what has transpired in footie over the turbulent time line since the birth of BK?

Well, last September, after what had been a stunning summer Olympic Games in London, surprise, surprise, after a shaky start to the Premier League fixtures for us following the summer departure of RvP to Manure, a halt was called to the fun and games so that the bloody footie Internationals could mess up our real football enjoyment, and new boss Woy Hodgson was being exalted by the Media to show ex-boss Capello just how England should play. Hmmm.

Sadly, some dirty washing was also being done in public when John Terry was called to account for alleged racist comments made to the younger Ferdinand, with comparisons being drawn with the odious Suarez and Evra race row! Urggh.

In October, Moyes was being bummed up as a great manager amid forecasts that Everton could finish in fourth place and bounce Arsenal out of the top four, while the Balotelli bandwagon ground on with even more naughtiness from a gifted but flawed footballer.
Oh, and Serbia were accused of racism for their disgusting antics against black England U21 footballers. Oh dear, when will people learn that this behaviour is totally unacceptable?

In November, Mark Hughes was under the cosh at Fulham, and Di Mateo was shown the red card by Abramovich with Benitez apparently lined up as the ‘Interim’ manager. While back at the ranch, West Ham, Leyton Orient and the execrable Spurs were squabbling about the now unneeded, white elephant Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, in the background, the ramifications and discussions regarding the implementation of the FFP rules were quietly bubbling away. Ho hum!

December saw the announcement of a new sponsorship deal for the Emirates naming rights, followed by the first mention of a £70m transfer war chest for the upcoming transfer windows, and which was then widely dismissed as bollox by many, on the grounds that RvP would not have left Arsenal if he knew they were going to splash serious dosh in the coming summer, and implying that Gazidis and Wenger were lying.
How wrong they were!

January, February and March were uncompromisingly dreary months starting with ‘Arry Redknapp blowing transfer money willy-nilly on every Tom, Dick and Harry in the  wheeler dealer frenzy he is infamous for, followed by Rio Ferdinand getting shirty with John Terry and being given the boot from the England team – or was he?
Oh, and Red Nose Fergie put out the first feelers for Bale to Manure – RvP, Rooney and Bale.
Ho, Ho – Manure were lucky to hang on to Rooney in the final analysis.

April saw England wetting themselves as their chances of getting through to the World Cup finals started to totter, and Suarez became vampire-like in his taste for Ivanovich’s blood.
But hold on – the FA showed some balls, to the amazement of some of us, and dished out a 10 match ban to Suarez for cannibalism – yet according to Brendan Rogers it was just a love bite between mates. Where was the FA’s sense of romance?

May dawned and – well bugger that, I am not going to tell you who won the EPL, The CL or the Europa Cup – you already know, and I don’t give a stuff.

The summer saw a drawn out and very angst driven, frustrating game of ‘will he, won’t he’ over player transfers, and you know what transpired at the last knockings – we bought the best bloody No. 10 in the whole world – Mesut Ozil!! Just go and ask the self named ‘Special’ One, if you don’t believe me. Maureen now claims that having signed Ozil we are serious competitors for the EPL — as if we needed his say so!

Now in September, a year later, we are back into the month of the flipping football Internationals, again, and the only games worth watching involved the Germans and our man Ozil.

Quite a year, one way and another, and all you guys were part of it with your great Posts, your incisive comments and your burning passion.

In that respect, what makes the BK bloggers different, which in turn makes the essence of BK different from other sites?

From my perspective: as Gooners, it does not mean that we think everything is prefect with our team or our management, what it does mean is that we have decided to look beyond their imperfections, and we still love the Arsenal!

So let’s look forward to many more, happy blogging years on BK, this special site set up by TA and with its great bunch of bloggers!


Written by: Red Arse.

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86 Responses to One Year of Bergkampesque: An Anniversary Tribute

  1. James Bond says:

    congratulations TA and to all those involved both behind the scenes and in front, in particular to RA, for writing such a lovely tribute and piece, very befitting , indeed.

    hope you’re keeping well @ RA, don’t be a stranger and do drop by whenever you can !

    well done to TA and happy birthday BK , first of many many more to come ,no doubt !

  2. Dylan says:

    Yay! Happy birthday BK! Very little homework today so I finally get some time to have some conversations! 🙂 Great post RA. 😀

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Red Arse 🙂

    Thank you very much for a frankly humbling post. From the moment you found out I set up the site, you have been a tremendous support and without you I would have struggled to get the site properly going. Your continuous morale and practical support has been invaluable and I am looking forward to another year of blogging with you (once you feel up to it again). 🙂

    A big thank you as well to Oz Gunner, who has also been a great support from the start. 🙂

    Thanks as well to all the fabulous co-writers, who make this a diverse and inclusive site. And of course, a big thank you to all the great regular commenters who add so much depth, spice and satire to Bergkampesque. 🙂

    Finally, a big thank you to VCC and HH who with their football competitions add a lot of fun to the site. 🙂

    Thanks guys – Here is to another year of BK! 🙂

  4. James Bond says:

    boss, when do i get my cheque ? 😀

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks guys 🙂

    Dylan, James Bond, you have both been a breath of fresh air to the site and your positivity, expert views, posts/comments have enriched the site tremendously.

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    I can arrange for Dr Glic to give you a cheque-up 😉

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    Need to be away for a bit – catch you guys later.

  8. AFC says:

    RA, thanks for the post mate. 🙂

    This is simply the best footie blog I have seen which is what led to me becoming a regular reader and contributor. The fact that TA will allow anyone who is an Arsenal fan write an article for BK really makes this site a website for the fans. This wonderful site is made up of a wide range of bloggers from all backgrounds, nationalities, countries and ages who all have different views on Arsenal and everything associated with Arsenal. We all learn from each other (even when we disagree) and that is the great thing about blogging.

    Hopefully, this is the first of many anniversaries for BK. 🙂

  9. Fozzie B says:

    Congratulations Totes Fozzy B salutes you! 😀

  10. Fozzie B says:

    Going to read the post now but before I do ….. 😀
    From the previous post …. 😀
    Hey Glic that explains why HH been quiet on here lately!! HH can’t move 2inches in any direction!!! He’s like a human French lollipop!! 😆

  11. Glic says:

    Great post Redneckers and very Brokebackesque !.
    I`m sorry, but I have tears rolling down my cheeks……..poxy dog !…..just tripped over the bastard trying to sit down with my plate of cheese and pineapple cubes and stabbed myself in the cock with a wooden cocktail stick !.

    Happy BK Birthday Totes. You my friend are………..Super Qualiteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  12. Glic says:

    Hahaha Fossie……..not one Lollipop I would like to lick, but I suppose Gerry would disagree and say…….”Horses for courses” !


    Wow, amazing stuff Redders. Considering you wrote this article whilst shooting a crossbow with your pants down your ankles, truley fantastic.

    So its been a whole year hey? Where have i got in this time?. One year on ime skinter, uglier, and have developed a twitch, but i dont want to lower the mood.

    Congratulations TA. I think AFC sums it up great, but what i realy realy realy hate about this site is how many people know more about the game than i do.

    No exageration, but the knowledge of world players, tactics, training, off field activities is simply outstanding, There have been times reading some of this stuff that my eyes have been literaly popping out of my head,

    I have just realised, its probably yous lots posts that have bought on the twitch, Bastards. hahaha

  14. AFC says:

    Terry, don’t worry about that my friend. What you do not know in tactics, formations players you make up for with your huge amounts of knowledge in how Arsenal football club is run, the financial side of football etc.

    While I know tactics, formations, players etc, I know virtually nothing about finances and the likes of you and RA have taught me a lot about the financial side of football, and how it all really goes on at Arsenal with Wenger and the board.

  15. mA says:

    well done bergkampesque, and thank you for blogging/posting here

    To TA, thank you for the platform where true Gooners (and non-Gooners) can express themselves without fear and or intimidation. May the site last for the foreseeable future, and more Gooners join in to offer their contribution. That was my reward for the beautiful website, delicious posts, cute contributors/authors and breathtaking comments.

    Happy Birthday BK and all Gooners wherever you are. This website is for you!

  16. Fozzie B says:

    Great post redders!! And to think you did that with your pants down with a crossbow?? :Lol: that means your todger can be used either as a kickstand or else like a woodpecker on a keypad!! Either that’s outstanding!!! 😆

  17. Fozzie B says:

    Stretch don’t worry Glic has a special treatment waiting for you in his tranny annex to fix your twitching!! Side affects might be pink tutu and tight fetishes and a penchant for anal probes …. But the good news is … No twitching!!! 😆

  18. Fozzie B says:

    Congrats to all your posts team bk botty banditos!! And all the fine, constructive, thought provoking, and witty dialogue on the way! 😀

  19. geoffchase says:

    Well done!

    Now onwards!

    Cheers — jgc

  20. AB says:

    Good stuff TA and BKers. Now for the Oz to take the stage at Sunderland!

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks for the fine compliments guys 😳

    I feel the season really starts on Saturday and this coincides with the start of the second year of the blog. Let’s hope for a good re-start and a really good season with some silverware at the end. 🙂

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    I am out all day tomorrow, but Oz is working on an Ozesque, or should that now be Ozilesque pre-match review, which I hope to issue tomorrow evening.

    Looking fwd to the game, and despite our worries about injuries, Arsene should be able to field a very strong team on Saturday.

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    Gerry 🙂

    (last post comment). I thought for a second you offered to write the match report, but spuds might fly, hey?!! 😆

    Let’s take it easy with Ozil and see how things go in the next few weeks before we do a separate post about him. All of us will post comments on his performance during and after the match anyway, but we should allow him to settle in a bit. Remember Bergkamp first few games and the way the media treated him….

  24. oz gunner says:

    Brilliant stuff RA. (now I feel jealous that TA hasn’t melted my heart with a bit of poetry 🙂 )
    Very well said in regards to TA and Bergkampesque, especially the last part about Arsenal. Makes me think of one of my favourite quotes:

    ‘We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.’

    You’re a star TA. This blog and the merry band of misfits that stick around make it the best place on the internet. Here’s to many more years!

  25. Fozzie B says:

    Goodnight Totes, and the rest of the the merry band of fairymen!!

    Looking forward to your post tomorrow Oz …. Ozil Ozil Ozil oi oi oi!!!

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Oz and a beautiful quote which I might use in a post I am writing about Arsene at the moment: who is it from?! 🙂

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Night Fozzer – I am so happy for Glic that he has found his cyber soul-mate (although he appears to be totally oblivious of it) hahahaha 😛

  28. alexgunners says:

    Great post and very well written indeed. Who would expect any less from you Redders.

    Congratulations to TA in creating a forum such as this one. It has been a pleasure in being a part of BK. I still remember reading my first BK post “Why Arsenal? Calling all International Gooners
    DECEMBER 16, 2012”
    What was different was that the person who wrote the post ACTUALLY responded to you. Not everyone agreed but I found that there was mutual respect amongst bloggers. Great work by all of you guys in keeping up the appearances and posts.

    Here’s to many more years of success. I have not been around as much due to my heavy work schedule but I still have a quick read of all the posts.


  29. ProudGooner says:

    TA Bergkampesque post writers,
    Happy birthday and well done, a lot of time and effort clearly goes in to setting it up and writting the posts and replying. Though it is a passion talking about the never ending Arsenal and football drama series, like i said a lot of work must go in to it. So thanks and well done.

  30. ProudGooner says:

    Well said and good on you for your part in this great site. 🙂

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Alex 🙂

    Your fine contributions, including the very kind sponsorship of the footie competitions, have been a brilliant addition to the site. As far as I know, you are the only fellow Gooner who really STILL rates Clarence Seedorf as much as I do! 🙂

    I did not realise that was your first ever post on BK… maybe I should do another one, as the more international Gooners the better!

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Time to hit the pillow 🙂

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers PG – you have been a great ‘new signing’ to the site and l love that gravatar! 🙂

  34. ProudGooner says:

    Thanks and goodnight. Fantastic site 🙂

  35. alexgunners says:

    The pleasure is all mine. It’s all in good fun, besides its easier for one person to sponsor than trying to logistically get money from 10-15 guys.

    Yes, Seedorf is definitely highly rated by me. I watch all his games in Brazil and the guy still can match it up with anyone.

    That was my first post so maybe reaching out to more international Gooners would not be a bad thing.

    Good night and chat soon.

  36. henrychan says:

    Hi all..
    RA.. Nice post.. And nice to see (your words) again..
    Could it be a Happy Birthday BK or Happy Anniversary BK.. Hehe..
    Congrat TA.. So much fun in this last one year to be part of this wonderful blog..

    I also had lucky to know this site from the very beginning.. I knew TA and also RA.. And maybe VCC.. Hehehe.. (Sorry if I missed the other name).. From the other blog.. Which still exist and also my favourite blog to read.. Even I never comment there again..

    In that blog.. TA and RA are some very kind guys who always have time to chat with me.. Altough I have a limited english-vocab and relatively newcomer in the world of blogging.. Hehe.. I remember calling Raddy – Big Daddy.. Hehehe.. And maybe that’s also the starting point what is fun in writing comment in a blog.. Hahaha..

    I am impressed with TA hospitality.. And when he decided to make a new blog.. With name by my favourite legend.. I am this big BK fans till now.. Almost everyday I put my precoius time.. In this great blog.. Hahaha.. And it means a lot.. It gave me so much knowledge and also friendship from all of you guys..
    Till today.. My wife still wondering what I did early in the very morning and lately in the night.. Hahaha..
    Happy Anniversary BK.. Love you all..

  37. oz gunner says:

    @ TA

    an american author called Sam Keen

    @ He He Henry

    haha I know what you mean, this picture captures it perfectly

  38. jnyc says:

    the perfect man to mark the anniversary. Wow when i met you both online a few years ago now, i thought you were friends for ages. Always two of my favorites.
    great post today.
    for TA —
    a TOTAL class act since the first time we chatted. And thanks for creating this great site for
    me and all of us to visit daily. Its always a good
    part of my day to check in here. 🙂

  39. henrychan says:

    hehehehe.. Good pic Oz..
    btw.. your nickname is very futuristic.. You even know that Ozil will be a gunners.. and becoming his fans even when he was at Madrid.. hahahaha..

  40. oz gunner says:

    @ Henry

    haha maybe I am Ozil 😯

  41. VCC says:

    Happy Birthday Bergkampesque.

    RA…..Great post to celebrate the first year of BK.

    I was lucky to meet Total in the Tavern prior to a game against Queens Park Rangers (The second best team in the universe) . This was before he set off with his venture with BK. You would not find a Nicer, Kinder, More sociable guy than TA. Together with an abundance of football knowledge and a gift of Englishism (my word) this is a perfect blend for hosting a web site.

    I, like many others am addicted to this site. It’s a great place to meet and chat with like minded people. I am so pleased to have been around from the start and seen how its evolved and grown over 365 days. Wow, how time flys when you are enjoying yourself.

    There are far too many guys to single out for special praise. Every poster has his unique way of contributing.

    Long may BK continue.


  42. oz gunner says:

    Well said VCC.

  43. Gerry says:

    TA – I am sorry, but all this praise for the site is too … what’s the word … err ..

    … understated. It is simply BRILLIANT!

    Long may it continue.

    I do have one criticism … it brought my horse racing blogging to a standstill, due to my efforts to keep the positive light burning a bit brighter than some off the backdrops in the ‘Terror Window’. However, I shall be doing at least one more for the final Classic of the season, for Saturday.

    p.s I think you may have cause to regret your decision on Ozil’s debut? Needs time to settle in? Nah! It will be that loss of Cesc which has been the ‘elephant in the room’ come to life, and our creative spirit tramples all before him 😀

    It’s OZIL Day eve folks!!!

  44. Red Arse says:

    Hi Guy,
    Just a quick greeting from Wichita where it is 5:25 in the morning!!!!

    The Pawnee Indians send their greetings too. Glic you would like them, but they say if u seduce their women u will get an arrow or two up your nether regions & don’t forget that Terry is Chief Likesalot’ squaw so leave his feathers alone.

    It has been great belonging to this site with u fellas, I don’t know if or when I will be back to the UK, but I will try and stay in touch from the plains – Pawnees permitting. 😳

    It’s been a pleasure knowing u all!!!!

  45. Alcide says:

    Congratulations BK, and TA.

    I have been roaming on many Arsenal blogs, but BK is the only one where I find this combination of knowledge, understanding, argumented and articulated confrontation of ideas, and none of the behavior that other blogs frustrating to go through (although some are otherwise interesting, a few characters often manage to spoil the atmosphere). I had actually given up on Arsenal blogs, and stumbled upon it… the Bergkamp angle did it for me, and luckily I started reading.

    Anyway, I don’t always post (in any case I’m not as knowledgeable as some/most of you) but I always read. Thanks again and long live BK.

  46. oz gunner says:

    @ Alcide

    I’m the least knowledgeable one on the blog yet I hang around so you should have nothing to fear.

    @ Gerry

    Ozil eve…i like it!!!

    @ RA

    I pleasure blogging with you also. Both you and TA were the reason I started blogging on the other site.

  47. VCC says:

    @ Alcide….as Oz says, he knows nothing about football, so you’ll look highly intelligent against the backdrops of GLiC n Oz. 🙂

    BUT, he can sure write a pre-match, of which I look forward to every time a game comes up. 😉

  48. VCC says:


    Can I have your UMF entries please. 🙂

  49. Gerry says:

    VCC – I did say to Dylan yesterday to put it at the top of his ‘things to do’ list, but it may be late evening before he can?

  50. Gerry says:

    OZ G – Thanks for the comment. 🙂

    You probably know that Gnabry and Ryo played an hour in the Under 21/reserve match, so a bench spot beckons I think? Good news, Frimpong got 75 minutes too, but Eisfeld played the full match, so he is probably not on the list this time. Hayden got an assist from his DM spot too, which will do him no harm at all when it comes to the Cup game against WBA?

    I am looking forward to seeing your line up, as I am about the whole Ozil thing 😀

  51. Xavier says:

    well… Since none of you will say it…


  52. Xavier says:

    Oh.. I may have meant ‘flipping’. X_x

  53. VCC says:

    Cheers Gerry, Dylan needs looking after 🙂

  54. oz gunner says:

    @ vcc
    Haha you’re bang on 🙂 the sad thing is though that every once and a while serious glic comes out and even that leaves me for dead.but im a better UMF’R than him if that counts for something.

    @ gerry

    I saw gnabrys winner also.great that ryo and frompong are geting minutes.they really are unknown quantities if they can stay fit!

  55. Hey boys…

    Lovely tribute RA and all the more special that it was written in Wichita… 😯

    Total deserves huge praise for creating an inclusive and positive site and fostering an incredibly high level of contribution here–and, of course, for allowing it to go the other direction with Glic and his musings… It may SEEM easier getting others to write posts, but managing a herd is ALWAYS more work…

    For me, finding this place (late Winter, I think) was quite lovely. There’s so much reflexive pessimism in the Goonersphere and it’s all a result of high expectations. I think it mirrors life itself… We’re sold an idea that we DESERVE joy and bliss and excitement (in a steady stream, you know, if we give them our credit card number…) but the truth of the matter is that its a slog and it’s OUR job to make it fun (and/or meaningful). We put our energy in and take out of it what we can. To have a spot where I can come and do (write…) my Arsenal therapy AND have some back and forth with others doing likewise…Well, it’s a real thrill…

    That’s not to say that we don’t need a moan, now and again, and plumbing the depths makes the heights all the loftier. Rather than say, “I told you so” to the glass always empty types where I used to go–guys who don’t even watch Arsenal any longer but still find time to post whenever a result goes bad–I’d rather continue believing that all this wandering in the desert WILL get us to the promised land… To quote that guy from 50 years ago in Washington… “I have a dream”… My dream is that we can celebrate HERE is a style to remember, because it’s not just about the result it’s also about how you get there…And we’re getting there, slowly but surely (though not without hiccups) and always in style–a style (dare I say it…) that could be considered “Berkampesque”…

    Keep it up. Happy B-day. Here’s to many more…


  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Oh, hey, I also wanted to say that I enjoyed Geoff’s (JGC’s) post on injuries and sports science. I’ve got a lot of hope that the addition of Ozil will allow us to play a bit more keep away style in MF so as to tire out the galoots. A greater number of mature players on the team should also help. Job 1 for any player is keeping fit, but it takes a while for players to learn this little fact. It’s exciting for young players to get opportunities (with the both club and country) but keeping those chances coming goes hand in hand with taking advantage of them…

    Anyhow, exciting times, and looking very forward to the match tomorrow…

  57. Gerry says:

    Well Ozil eve is not looking quite so rosy as it did a few hours ago … Both Per and Ozil missed training this morning, through illness.
    Just great!

    Back to the wall chaps, this is not going to be easy … err. as easy?

  58. James Bond says:

    we are hungry – we will get the job done with or without OoooooOOOooooZil against the mighty sunderland, no worries

    as long as it’s 11 vs 11 – it’s in the bag.

    however, OoooooOooOOooooozil and both Per are travelling with the squad is what i hear.

    anybody got the video links to Gnabry’s goal last night ? this kid is super super talented and in 3 years from now, it will be all about him and not Messi or Ronaldo – if he keeps his head down and avoids injuries.

    a link to his goal would be much appreciated – anyone ?

  59. geoffchase says:

    Gerry and TA et al

    Gerry: thanks for the note! Knowledge is a dangerous thing, I just diagnosed the wrecked ankle of the 13 year old son of my colleague here in Liege, 10 days after a horror sprain playing football. Useful but not so useful then if you get my drift.. Hopefully, a wee touch of surgery will be all that’s needed..

    TA et al: will be sorry to miss the anniversary in game comments tomorrow as I and my first arsenal jersey in 30 years of supporting will be watching in a local bar… I hope! 🙂

    Gerry again: interesting! Bet it hit the German squad on tour. Any others out for BM et al?

    Cheers — jgc

  60. geoffchase says:


    And since I can’t read, that’s 17 for the first comment…. sigh — jgc

  61. James Bond says:

    there are some folks like RA and OZ, that you want to be post more frequently but then again, sometimes less is more and everyone knows in the world of Arsenal blogging that OZ is king when it comes to match previews and RA is just RA, with his mood swings 😀

    great quote that one @ OZ (notice how i am avoiding any cricket banter with you these days;)

  62. James Bond says:

    so JGC waits until someone else posts his comment before he posts, meaning he breaks the sequence of Gerry’s comments followed by JGC’s – i see , i see 😉

    on a more serious note, if i was Fabianksi – i would be looking to leave the club in January.

    Fabianksi is a Diaby in disguise .

  63. geoffchase says:

    17 et al

    It ain’t just us…

    And to show ESPN is interesting in a “…” Way today..

    Cheers — jgc

  64. geoffchase says:

    You have “me” JB

    I’m an evil twin blogger with way too much time so I manipulate your life through mind control. (Fingers to temple) …”I see a ‘ahahahahaahahahahahahaahaahahaaaa…’ Coming..” 😀

    Glad to see you recognize my real powers! 😦

    Ceres — jgc

  65. James Bond says:

    😈 😈 😈

  66. James Bond says:

    Ozil travels, BFG is out

    TV in the squad though

    so Sagna at CB with Jenko at RB, he got a red card against Sunderland, if memory serves ?

    chance for him to undo that bad memory of mine by putting in a great performance !

  67. James Bond says:

    looking at the minutes Per has played then in a way, it’s a blessing in disguise as he was due a rest, no ?

    has played 90 in all if, not most of the games so far including internationals…Sagna can deliver the goods ….

    would it be wise to play the skipper from the start – i wonder…

  68. Gerry says:

    My guess Ozil will come on for the last 15 mins, but keep him fresh for Wednesday?

  69. Alcide says:

    What will be ouf lineup if Igor doesn’t start? Jack in the hole with Rambo/Flamini behind? I’d love Santi in the hope, but who on left wing? These injuries and sicknesses are sure frustrating…

  70. James Bond says:

    or he starts, gets thrown right into the fire and plays 60 minutes ? we then bring on Gnabry/Ryo, get Santi to play as the no.10 ?

    he’s a world class player, i think it’s better to chuck him in the starting 11 to settle his nerves , if he is fully fit of course ?

    but i hear you , Wednesday is a massive massive day , i don’t think many people realize it yet but for me it’s imperative that we get 3 points on Wednesday otherwise , it might come back to haunt us.

  71. Alcide says:

    In the hole…

  72. James Bond says:

    i would play Ramsey in the hole @ Alcide

    pr have both Ramsey and JW take turns , letting Santi interchange from the left as Flam’s stays behind

    or we could always deploy Santi in the hole with Gnabry or Ryo on the left – mouth watering i tell you.

  73. Glic says:

    Evening Gaylord Smeg Mouthwashers 😆

    Totes its ok, I`m not oblivious to The Fozz !. He can be my heir apparent !. He`s either on a Red Bull intravenous drip or he has two gay Wasps buzzing in his bubble wrap budgie smugglers and riding his Jacobs as space hoppers in a game of kiss chase !. hahaha

    I delivered to Plymouth University today……they might as well have called it….The University of Wall to Wall Fanny !.
    I was so impressed that Stretch quickly emailed me some fake Professorship ID and I`m now a Professor of Vanology offering a quick degree of satisfaction in the back of my Van !.
    I took 3 students on a field exercise on Dartmoor after a marathon 3 minute session I gave them The 3 Degrees and then dumped them, driving back I wondered……….. ” When will I see you again ! “.

    Driving back I thought of a clever Spud joke, funny how things come so much easier now being a Professor !. hahaha
    Right, this is it and I will be a bit surprised if any of you get it other than my learned peer and fellow professor…..Prof` Geoffers !….but I will keep it in layman`s terms !.

    How many Spuds does it take to change a light bulb ?…………….It`s totally irrelevant !.

    Arsenals shadow is more dense than a black hole !.
    Arsenal`s shadow is a place where ordinary shadows have become so extreme that it overwhelms all other forces in the universe. Once inside, nothing can escape Arsenal`s shadow – not even light !.

    I`ve just gave my self another degree for that joke !. hahaha

  74. Dylan says:

    Hahahaha VCC and Gerry. 😉 I don’t need looking after! I just have lots of work to do. 4 college level classes in high school is quite difficult. 😉 I will submit my UMF predictions momentarily. 😉

  75. VCC says:

    GLiC……you are the Perro Cohonas… 😉

  76. VCC says:

    Dylan…only jesting. I wish I had elders looking after me when I was younger.

    Gerry and myself are only looking after your best interests.

  77. James Bond says:


    just like AW and Roy Hodgson are looking after JW, the same way VCC and Gerry are looking out for our best young player 😉

    i don’t blame them either !

  78. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening guys 🙂

    Had a long day of work and travel but the show must go on.

    Many thanks for the wonderful comments today, which I will remember for a long time. 🙂

    Oz’s pre-match is in and I am going to work on it now so it can be issued in a bit.


  79. James Bond says:

    oh and i didn’t mean that both of them were as old as Arsene Wenger or Roy Hodgson,

    one if Cesc and the other is Iniesta 😉 i’ll let them decide , who is who between the 2 but you get the drift i hope !

    when are we going to read the much anticipated match preview ?

  80. James Bond says:

    thanks @ TA


  81. VCC says:

    JB. I was like an agony Aunt for the young guys on my shift. So nice when things came to fruition for them.

  82. ProudGooner says:

    Evening lads,
    I found it interesting darth Wenger blocked Bendtner transfer to Palace , he said that part of the reason is we are light on strikers, but he clearly feels after talking to him and saying he wanted his full commitment and him saying he will give it that he wanted him to stay. He knows better then anyone else if he has the skill and ability and by blocking his move this must mean he does. So i for 1 will give him full support if he plays, i hope he can do a good job for us and do himself some justice, he ours it to both the club and himself.

  83. James Bond says:

    *if one is Cesc

    😀 no wonder Glic loves you !

  84. TotalArsenal says:

    Let’s start the second year of BK with an absolute bang from down-under! This one is even better than Oz’s usual master pre-matches. Enjoy! 🙂

  85. Funminiyi says:

    What an awesome summary that was!
    Thumbs up to the Red Arsed one. Wish to join you guys in blog-writing someday. Congrats fellow BK’ERS!

  86. TotalArsenal says:

    Funminiyi 🙂

    Turn your wish into action. Just email me a draft (see contact us) and together we’ll work towards a first post… 🙂

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