The Armchair Gooner

An Arsenal blog bringing you news, opinion and humour on a daily basis. Well, I'll try at the very least…

Gabriel, Wilshere, Welbeck, Coquelin and Stuff.

Magnificent Coq.

Morning, folks.

There isn’t much going on today. Last night I watched Timothy Olyphant in ‘The Crazies’ and there’s a scene close to the beginning in which he’s walking through a deserted rural town just before all kinds of zombie hell breaks lose.

Kinda reminds of today’s news…

Without the zombies.

Although… Given just how many spurious sites exist out there in Gooner cyberspace, you could liken them to zombies; shambling about, moaning and posting homogeneous drivel about alleged “mega transfers”.

Maybe I’m a zombie… Nah – zombies aren’t famed for their luxurious and alluring hair, and that is most definitely something I possess. Nor do I have any inclination to crack open heads and feast on brains.

Anyway…

The lack of news has caused me to rattle on about sh*t and that’s not always a goods thing. With a preview of Aston Villa coming your way tomorrow, all that really requires attention today is a few updates regarding members of the squad.  Continue reading

Wilshere Excels – A Look At The International Week.

Promising performance from Jack

England may have won their two Euro 2014 qualifiers over the weekend but there was little for most international fans to shout about. Both victories came over sides that offered little going forward and caused few concerns for Roy Hodgson’s defence. With England’s attack lacking penetration, one of the few positives to have come out of the games was the form of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gunners fans will be praying that he can continue to perform when he returns to Premier League action.

Might As Well Have Been Playing Online Casino Games…

It is rare that two England victories in the space of four days would ever be greeted with indifference but that is exactly how their 5-0 win over San Marino and 1-0 victory in Estonia have been met. Continue reading

Wilshere and Alexis Impress, Arsenal Draw, Ozil Gets Abuse.

Mesut greats the haters.

Morning, folks.

That was a very good game of football we witnessed yesterday. It ebbed, it flowed, chances were created, goals were scored. Had I been watching from a neutral’s perspective, I would have enjoyed it immensely.

Of course, I’m an Arsenal fan so I enjoyed certain moments of the game immeasurably, only to be left ruing blunders and avoidable concessions in others. Whilst 2-2 against a side of City’s calibre isn’t anything remotely like a terrible result, I can’t help feeling we could have gotten better. That said; City’s supporters could quite easily make the same claim, and taking everything into account a draw was a fair outcome.

By now, you’ll have all seen at least highlights of the game, read a report or have been told what happens so a brief recollection of the main events strikes me as a little pointless (I never report the game’s moments, but feel the need to explain why on occasion.). Instead, I shall discuss a few of the players that received praise/abuse.  Continue reading

£25m bid for Griezmann and Jack misses 6 weeks.

“6 WEEKS?!”

Afternoon, folks.

There’s some extra bits of news today I thought, seeing as I have a little burst of free time, I’d share with you, if you’ve not already read of the events (you most probably have).

Firstly, the injury curse that has struck Arsenal with such maddening regularity has once again reared its hideous face and removed Jack Wilshere from the team. Whilst on utterly pointless international duty with England, Jack sustained a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot and is expected to miss the next 6 weeks of football, a spell that sees us face several very important fixtures. Continue reading

5 Things I Learned From Last Night’s Internationals

The England game quickly took its toll on the viewer

Morning, folks.

Last night saw international friendlies. Not just your bog-standard friendly match, no, utterly pointless ones 3 days before we play an FA Cup quarter-final with Everton. The Football Association in England certainly seem to take great pride in choosing the most inconvenient and moronic time for schedule a fixture.

I didn’t watch any of the events last night as they unfolded, I invariably don’t take much interest in the fortunes of my national team. Aside from the World Cup, which occasionally whets my footballing whistle, watching nations face-off against each other in the beautiful game bores me senseless.  Of paramount concern in the eyes of yours truly is that no Arsenal player returns from duty with an injury and it looks at this stage to be the case.

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Rosicky Stays, Jack, Mesut and the Moronic Minority of Stoke Fans.

Showing Stoke’s fans a simple math problem quickly rendered them completely baffled.

Morning, folks.

Ordinarily, Monday’s are a slow, slow news days. Today, there is quite a bit to talk about, so without any further ado I shall jump straight into it.

Tomas Rosicky, a player we’ve all come to love since his resurgence, is – or at least, should – be staying at Arsenal. Even though he’s 33-years-old and Arsene is known to be dubious about handing contracts to players of that age, but it would appear the manager is very keen to keep Tomas on at Arsenal. Arsene said: Continue reading

Giroud and Wilshere; Gone in Sixty Seconds.

‘A’ is for, “A bloody painful last fifteen minutes”

Morning all.

Those nerves I mentioned yesterday, they came back. With a vengeance. During the last 15 minutes when we inexplicably allowed the worst Villa team I’ve seen in years back into the game, my poor innards were treated to a maelstrom of curious sounds and pained exhausts. Before the game I’d actually settled down and was prepared to enjoy a pleasant evening’s viewing. After that glorious 59 second period in which Giroud and Wilshere netted superb goals, any remnants of terror washed away absolutely. Or so I thought.

Oh, Arsenal, how you love to torment me.

When reviewing Arsenal, it’s often easy to point our certain areas where you believed improved could be made and end up sounding churlish. We came through an away fixture with three points and that’s all that matters. Continue reading