The Armchair Gooner

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


Who is this beautiful bastard?

Hello world!

I’m James ‘Raul’ Stokes. That’s me looking pleased with myself in the picture. If you’ve clicked onto this page, you’re probably pondering to yourself, “Who on Earth is responsible for this?” I’m ┬ájust a simple soul who loves the Arsenal. By now, you may even be asking yourself, “Why does he do this?”. Well… That’s actually very simple: It’s something I absolutely adore doing.

Writing has long been a passion of mine. What I may lack in correct structuring and grammatical prudence, I attempt to make up for with enthusiasm, humour and a touch of the surreal. The Armchair Gooner merges my two greatest loves, and represents my first marginally successful blog. Over time I aim to grow a readership and further exposure to the masses. Who knows… I might just become an internet sensation…

Most importantly, I’m doing this blog for you people, the delicious readers. Hopefully, you will be able to glean as much enjoyment from reading as I will from writing. Or perhaps we’ll all end up bickering and part on bad terms.

We shall have to see.

  • GoonerGooner says:

    Man, that goal RvP scored was something else. I’d forgotten about that until you mentioned it.

    As far as great moments go – The goals Freddie and Ray Parlour scored against Chelsea in the cup final. I was at the Millenium Stadium for that game, it was such an incredible atmosphere that day.

    You’re right; there are way too many to mention!

    April 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    • arsenal1again says:

      Razor!!!!!!!!!! With the amount of missed goals under his belt, it made it all the more peachy when it went in. Better than the Fabregas goal against Milan.

      December 8, 2014 at 11:40 am
  • NobblySan says:

    I remember the goal that Michael bloody Thomas scored in 1989 to deny Liverpool the double.

    No1 son had just been born, and it was his and my wife’s first night back at home from hospital. Is at on the settee, with the 3 day old Sam in my arms and we settled down for me to introduce him to another great night for Liverpool Football Club.


    A few nights later, he again lay in my arms as Lancashire lost out to some other less worthy county in a one day cricket final.

    Luckily, he’s taken no interest in either football or cricket ever since.

    April 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm
  • NobblySan says:

    What’s all this about Arsene Wenger* being arrested?

    Something to do with causing major disruption to European air travel with a large cloud of dust.

    Apparently, he opened the door to the Arsenal** trophy cabinet.

    (If preferred, insert Roberto Mancini at *, and Manchester City at **)

    April 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    • Jay-Jay says:

      You bitch…

      April 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm
  • Zap says:

    Are you trying to be funny, nobbly san?

    July 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm
  • Jay-Jay says:

    He has to try.

    Liverpool fans need a sense of humour at the moment. :)

    July 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    • NobblySan says:

      I’ve already got the sense of humour, now we just need a few decent players….six or seven would do for a start.

      Good to see you building a new readership JayJay! I may not be a gooner, but I’ll always try to drop in with a smartarse comment or six.

      July 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm
      • Jay-Jay says:

        Dude, it wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t.

        July 10, 2010 at 11:06 pm
  • Zap says:

    hhhh yeah

    July 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • Zap says:

    sooner or later liverpool will have to slash the ‘n’ from anfield

    July 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm
  • Joe Williams says:

    I really like you’re site! Just thought I’d let you know

    July 13, 2010 at 6:04 am
  • Grimandi! says:

    I agree. With time you should get a big following

    July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm
  • TV5 says:

    Try getting a link from the big sites.

    That could help a lot.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm
  • arthur3sheds says:

    Nice read Jay keep up the good work.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:46 am
  • LesBlues says:

    Good blog.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • roger march says:

    just read your blog for the first time i am 76 living in france i get to watch all arsenal matches followed arsenal all my life but am very sad in what is now happening cannot see any hope of improvement unless we stop buying average players gerviho squillace pod cham park remember slyvestre always arsenal had great keepers and defenders where have they all gone i dream berkamp henry pires overmars petit adams mclintock why has the management not continued in this type of players shame on them all

    December 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  • roger march says:


    February 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  • nii says:

    dude. u are one sexy a** mofo. but hey u r a gunner so i guess ur cool.

    December 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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