Posts Tagged ‘Arsene Wenger’


Not long to go now! Soon that pesky football season will be over and we can get down to the serious business! It’s something that the true football fans have been longing for and it will be arriving before we know it!

What’s that? The World Cup, we hear you say? No, not all. This is something far bigger than some overblown tournament held in a country run by a latter-day Mussolini. This is not something which can be compared to the 1936 Berlin Olympics as the idiot who is Boris Johnson famously did with this year’s competition for the no-longer-called Jules Rimet trophy. (more…)



There has long been a debate, which has no answer, about which is the stronger emotion between love and hate. Both can be equally destructive and, when felt in the right context, both can be equally rewarding although hate is usually by far the more negative of the two.

In the Premier League’s top six there are three outstanding managers and a fourth who manages to stand out even from the outstanding.

To José Mourinho, the glass is always half empty which, to his way of thinking, is better than being completely empty. To the other three, the glass is always half full and their ambition is to fill it to the brim! (more…)


In the early game, Stubborn Old Man sent his Arsenal team out to face Stoke City knowing that a win was the only acceptable result. Three points would move them to within five of Chelsea in fifth and ten of Tottenham in fourth. It wouldn’t disguise what a terrible season The Gunners are experiencing but it would give a little cheer to the few fans expected to turn up at The Emirates for this one.

Stoke City, on the other hand, needed the points for different reasons.

Paul Lambert has done a reasonable job since arriving and the team were unbeaten during his short reign. Unfortunately, they have drawn far too many games through a mixture of bad luck and bad finishing and are still in grave danger of relegation. So anything gained from this game would be welcome. (more…)


Stubborn Old Man has now decided he is having to endure criticism because he is 68 years old! By attempting to apportion blame to absolutely anything as long as it isn’t himself he is displaying perfectly the detrimental aspect of ageing.

Honestly, the man is becoming a joke and the sooner he leaves Arsenal to be replaced by another manager the better! Not because of his age but because of his attitude and poor recent record!

He is being criticised because his team is rubbish. His team has been rubbish for the last few years and, as far as the Champion’s League goes, has been rubbish for the last twenty!

Arsenal fans are now fed up with his refusal to accept the obvious and take an executive role at the club. They are not bothered about his age. (more…)


In a hard-to-believe draw for the quarter finals of the Champion’s League the two remaining English teams have been drawn to play each other.

This despite there also being two Italian teams and THREE Spanish who have all miraculously managed to avoid having to play one of their compatriots!

Conspiracy theorists are already looking for fields in which to have a day!

Here’s the draw in full:

Liverpool v Manchester City
Juventus v Real Madrid
Sevilla v Bayern Münich
Roma v Barcelona (more…)


The early kick-off on Saturday morning is the game between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. With only two points separating the teams, United are second and Liverpool third, a win for either side would be profitable. For United it would take them five points clear of Jürgen Klopp’s team and a win for Liverpool would move them a point above United into second place.

So the smart/clever/wise/whatever-you-want-to-call-it money is on a draw.

This wouldn’t necessarily be a disastrous result for either side and is certainly more preferable to losing but it would allow the three chasing London clubs the opportunity to close the gap as all of them are involved in games they should win. (more…)


Anybody who regularly reads this daily outpouring of common sense and logic interspersed with nonsensical and, occasionally, difficult-to-believe hyperbole, will be aware that we have provided the solution to combatting Pep Guardiola’s total football at The Etihad.

We have already gone to great lengths in past articles explaining to the likes of José Mourinho, Antonio Conte, (if he’s still there next season), Arséne Wenger, (if he’s still there next season), Maurico Pochettino and Jürgen Klopp what they need to do to keep pace with the Spaniard.

We cannot be held responsible for their failings if they choose not to read our articles or take our advice! (more…)


Today, Saturday, saw a relatively quiet day for the top six in the Premier League, with only Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in action.

Spurs were at “home” to Huddersfield Town whilst, in the late game Liverpool took on Newcastle United at Anfield in a fixture which saw the return of Rafa Benitez to the club where he experienced his greatest success.

The first game saw a reasonably easy victory for Spurs although they originally struggled to find the net and only led 1-0 at half-time. The second half followed a similar pattern and Son managed to get his, and Spurs’ second goal to wrap up a fairly routine win. (more…)


With a gap of 30 points between leaders Manchester City and sixth placed Arsenal there is clearly a massive gulf in class, as has recently been evidenced by the two hammerings dished out to The Gunners by City in their last two meetings, both in London.

Things don’t get much better for the teams above Arsenal as there is still a gap of 16 points between City and second-placed Manchester United.

So what can the rest of the top six do to address the balance next season? (more…)


In a week which culminated in Manchester City winning the Carabao Cup in a cakewalk of a game against Arsenal and Manchester United beating Chelsea in a game which included a goal from the one who never scores against “big” opponents, supporters of teams from outside of Manchester could be forgiven for feeling a little left out.

Tottenham Hotspur managed a win away at Crystal Palace but, then again, any other result would have been a surprise.

Liverpool strolled to a 4-1 win at home to West Ham United who fielded two full-backs who were considered to be “ageing” when they were both still playing in Manchester! (more…)