My request to all Arsenal fans…

This season isn’t going to be pretty.

Imagine you’re in school, and for no reason, Timmy (Class clown) thinks it funny to scratch the chalk board with his compass.

That terrible screech. It’s going to be like that. Honestly, it already feels like it.

Anyone remember that joke that never gets old with an Arsenal fan? No, not this one.

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The other one.

The one which says that an Arsenal fan is immune to heartbreak because while heartbreak happens to people once in a while, Gooners have their heart broken every single season.

Thus we turn skeptical and sometimes even if people do not want to admit it, a tad bitchy (not to mention, pessimism is bred too!)

Justified ?

Maybe.

If you don’t think so, try and support Arsenal for a decade. As I had written earlier, 4 years 1 month and 24 days ago :

But to see Arsenal is like to see a diver walking the plank and just standing there. Everybody waits in anticipation for the dive, for that lunge forward but it never happens. And it pisses the audience/me off so much….

I am not going to be all goody-goody and say that we should be united and stand behind the club (there are so many other blogs where you get stuff like that). To be honest with you, I actually do feel that even the skeptical ones are behind the club. They support the club and shed their hard earned money to see Arsenal (despite the circus show they pay to see)

This is a fact no doubt, I stand behind Arsenal. 100%.

Behind Wenger?

No.

But as far as the Arsenal is concerned, I am there all 38+ games of the season.

(FYI, before I get all the hate in the world concerning I am not behind Wenger comment, please, I do not care. If I disagree with his tactics, I just disagree. It is what it is, nothing personal.)

I am just going to leave you with this.

Don’t sit idle and watch the Arsenal, if you are not going to be vocal about things which really piss you off. To the fans going to the stadium, please DO shout at the players(especially that bozo Walcott) and go livid if we perform at a level which doesn’t meet your expectations.

You are the backbone of the club and no matter people say, you will always remain the backbone of this great institution. 

Let’s not kid ourselves okay? We know it’s already frustrating us to see Arsenal playing like they were last season. If you have any doubts regarding this, just think about our last game vs Stoke and the lack of ideas. I think things will be clear.

It’s been 180 minutes and this is our state. We have another 3240+ minutes left.

Doesn’t look good, does it?

 

I am back and I see nothing has changed…

Are we actually blind?

or is Denial the new way of dealing with things.

It’s almost been 4 years since my last blog post, and yet nothing at Arsenal has changed.

Nothing, apart from :

1. Breaking the transfer budget twice.

2. Getting lucky and getting a world class keeper like Petr Cech.

What’s the deal with the 3-4-3?

You know what my problem with it is?

The defense. Or the lack of it.

I mean, when you attack, it seems really great that you have 5-6 players attacking at the same time. But what’s plan B if they get caught out, or lose possession. A realistic issue against top teams like Real Madrid, or even Chelsea.

You need to change it? Or at-least, tweak it.

I think we should start “Lurch” up front. I am not saying he’s going to be great, but even for all the insults I have thrown at him out of sheer frustration, the man scores crazy goals (and misses sitters). Give him a chance to start.

Push Lacazette alongside him on the left and maybe Ozil right? Why ?

Majorly because “Ozymandias” is a left footer and he has the ability to find people (Bellerin or Lacazatte) or play reverse balls to the on-rushing wingback (Chamberlain).

It would be nice to see the dynamic side of Lacazette. Wasn’t he brought in to replace Sanchez?

This team needs some discipline, especially when it comes to defending before attacking. People are out of position and the entire structure of the team is as sturdy as the spine of a gummy bear.

I want to see something like this in the match against Liverpool.

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(It’s been 180 minutes into the new season and I already feel like cringing)

The Deed is done…Sorry for the inconvenience…this was hard for me..

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I have not written a blog post for 3 months and 21 days. To clarify, I am not dead. Also, neither am I less interested nor am I following football any less.

I’ll try to keep this short and simple.

Work has come up and I cannot find the time to write my beloved creation. 

Giving my thoughts and opinions about Wenger and Arsenal was an INTEGRAL part of this blog and views expressed here were solely my own. Also they were done with honesty.

As for now the ARMOURY is closed. And I don’t expect it to open anytime soon.

I wish to thank all my readers for putting up with me, the idiot I am, they have borne a lot and even they deserve a break.

In advance, I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.

Ciao,

DKD

 

I feel sorry for myself as well as other Arsenal fans…

Polar Bear Face Palm

I post seldom these days. But forgive me for not being so regular when there is nothing actually concrete to talk about. And when I say nothing concrete I mean it with my entire heart (fuck the bottom).

I read other posts pondering what to make out of articles. Irrelevant articles written with no objective or purpose. Its not that these blogs are bad, they are good, but I mean come on, you have to have something to happen for you to  blog about.

At Arsenal, nothing is happening or as we Indians would say : Ghanta ho ra ha he ( It wont make sense if you read it in English, you need a hindi accent !)

The rubbish in the media is something to behold. I mean, normally we classify some reports as ‘jokes’ but sometimes when you read garbage like ‘Suarez to Arsenal, is done in principle’ one feels like telling the author to just go fuck himself.

But lets forget Arsenal for now. (This will be easy as there is nothing to remember in the first place)

Lets go global with the rise of power in France most notably from 2 clubs who quite frankly nobody gave a shit about(actually some people still considered PSG a threat) till last year. AS Monaco have spent roughly 125 million pounds acquiring an arsenal of talent for themselves – Falcao(52.8), Joao Moutinho(22), James Rodriguez(39.6) and Jeremy Toulalan(4.4) most notably apart from Abidal whom they got on a free transfer. The other powerhouse represent Lique 1 champions PSG who have slashed out 55 million for Edison Cavani, 27 million for defender Marquinhos and 13.2 for Lucas Digne.

PSG will pose as the main threat in the champions league and under manager Laurent Blanc they are expected to cause a few upsets having been unluckily eliminated from the champions league last year against Barcelona.

Manchester City having learned from their mistakes last year have gone and spent roughly 100 million pounds acquiring and replacing players. They learnt from the hammering United gave them last year by signing ‘Jesus’ himself, followed by Fernandinho, Negredo and Jovetic, the latter 2 being brought in to replace Balotelli and Carlos Tevez. United on the other hand have responded well by signing Guillermo Varela, a 20 year old Uruguayan fullback.

Liverpool and Arsenal are in the same situation as last summer, the only difference being Arsenal are now doing the dirty business by bidding 40+ for Luis Suarez, the Cannibal. As a player even I would be an idiot to say no to Suarez. He is to Liverpool what Van Persie WAS to Arsenal. But as a person its will be difficult to adjust to defend him. Especially if he comes to Arsenal having said that the reason for him to leave Liverpool is the English media. But I don’t expect this transfer to go through because I don’t see Wenger tabling a 50+ million pound bid for the player.

Wenger has his eye in South America where it has been widely reported that he will pay 21 million to acquire 20 year old midfielder Bernard from Atletico Mineiro. I have never heard of this player, so I will comment on him after I see him play. Correction, I will comment on him IF he EVER plays for Arsenal. And come to think of it, I guess I will be with-holding my opinion on him for EVER.

Chelsea have made some shrewd signings this summer, most notably their manager – Jose Mourinho, who I expect will provide some shape and balance to the team. This is very important because a team without a shape is like a building without pillars. One of the best examples of a team with proper shape and balance last season was Bayern Munich, and looked what they achieved. They also have Lukaku who to be honest is like a surprise package in my opinion. For West Brom last season he was brilliant, now imagine how much he can achieve with the players that surround him currently. Chelsea have also acquired other players such as striker Andre Schurrle, GK Mark Schwarzer and midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

Also in the news, David Moyes  continuously goes on bidding for Fabregas. This transfer seems very unlikely and practically speaking Moyes should go for Fellaini, a man who can actually provide stability to the United midfield. I am not saying Fabregas is bad, all I am saying is that I don’t think he will come especially after his move to Barcelona from Arsenal was compared to a soldier returning home from war !

Speaking of Manchester united, their ex-talisman player Wayne Rooney seems to have taken a stand in wanting to be sold this summer. This is the best time for foreign clubs to capitalise on the situation, and if Rooney does move its probably going to be to Spain. Well, I hope it is, because if he moves to Chelsea as I have heard they have already had an initial 23 million pound bid rejected, then all the clubs in the PL are fucked.

I wont blog often now. I mean, what am I supposed to write on – Arsenal’s possible transfer targets ?  Why Arsenal need this man ? Or should it be why Wenger should do this or that ??

I rather see turtles racing than see Arsenal doing something in the transfer market. The former is so much more interesting as compared to the latter which IS non-existent at the moment.

I have better things to do than waste my time speculating that this and that will happen. And I rather gladly do them.

Ciao

DKD

In response to a fellow Gooner…..

GoonerKam writes :

So the last we spoke was after the torts game and you were ripping into the team and club and AW. We go on a 9 win one draw run and you feel better now. Or maybe feeling like crap for having zero faith. You must be young and don’t know the meaning of support or believing in a cause or principles. Lucky you. I have the perfect person for you to watch and learn from. His name is ARSENE and he bigger balls than any other manger of a major club that I know of. Watch and learn from him loyalty, steadfast belief in his vision and principles, belief in the right way of playing the game and teaching it, strength of character in the face of unbelievable odds and much more. And how to be man and never whining when the going gets tough.

Maybe next year you will grow a mind of your own and not just repeating the media line and falling for the games our opponents plan for the weak of mind.  Maybe then the ARMOURY WOULD BE CONSIDERED A SPECIAL BLOG.

Like the club crest you picked for the site.
I guess that’s something.
UP  THE  GUNNERS OF  ARSENAL!!!!

Response :

Its been a long time, and I completely accept that. But to see Arsenal is like to seeing a diver walking the plank and just standing there. Everybody waits in anticipation for the dive, for that lunge forward but it never happens. And it pisses the audience/me off so much….

You say I have no faith.

I accept that I do not have faith in Arsenal winning the premier league with the current Arsenal team, forget the champions league.

And I know I have not asked every single gooner in the world, but I am pretty sure if you ask them too, majority will agree with me.

Faith is something, and blind faith is something. There is a sharp distinction between them. In simple words, the latter means “I don’t care who or what, I believe in you.” Whereas the former means “You have shown me reason to believe and I do believe in you.” I like to associate myself with the former. The only issue here is that Wenger has pissed me off (and continues to do so) so much that for my own health I need to avoid Arsenal completely.

I don’t agree with your opinions on Wenger. I personally believe that he is not the man who he used to be. I am not saying he has lost it all I am saying is that if he was a lion, now he is the image below(right) :

ImageHe makes stupid decisions, but this is not what worries me. People have bad days in the office, and that happens to everybody…

What actually worries me is that he refuses to learn from them. The season before last, when Van Persie carried the team home, he said he was going to look into the matter. What did he do ? Signed 3 players and sold 2 first team players, one of which was Van Persie himself. We were out of the the title race in both campaigns before New Years.

I believe in principles, but those principles I choose for myself. For instance, I for one don’t consider Arsenal to be the team known for “qualifying for the champions league.” I expect them to REALISTICALLY challenge for trophies every season. They never live up to my expectation, and that is what ticks me off.

Last summer we spend money on Giroud and Podolski as strikers. This time it is Higuain, who apparently has to just sign to make his transfer official.

A friend of mine met him in London, the man says that he loves the place and flies often when he gets a break in Madrid. Surprisingly he also told my friend that “he was the only person who recognised him that day”, and this was at a mall.

I have watched alot of Madrid games, and the problem with Higuain is that he misses chances that ought to be tucked away, and this comes into prominence against top teams like FC Barcelona. I am not saying that he is going to be a flop at Arsenal all I am insinuating is that Arsenal fans should not be content. Just because Wenger WILL break the Arsenal transfer record that does not mean everything will be fine and dandy. Sadly, they will i.e people will be content.

I worry for Higuian. Its not that he can’t finish, I just feel Wenger will burn him off too fast if he clicks. This is the same thing which happened to Fabregas, Van Persie etc. The over-reliance on one player to carry an entire team. Its shocking in terms of how is it allowed to happen. But the transfer window has just opened today, so in respect of that I’ll with-hold my opinion for atleast a few weeks.

Also, Higuian is not the answer to all Arsenal’s problems. The issues are internal, with the defense, with portions of the midfield. Its similar to Barcelona. Barcelona won LaLiga last year, equaling Mourinho’s points tally. But you could see this Barca side was one dimensional, over-reliant on one person and had no defensive shape. This is why they got pummeled against an efficient Bayern Munich and Real Madrid(CopaDel Rey).

Arsenal need a right back, and a centreback. Sagna should be sold and a replacement brought in. I heard a few rumours about Vermaelen on Barcelona’s radar. I know its rubbish, but if Arsenal get a good sum for him, he may be considered to be sold as well. But knowing Wenger, he may keep him on for one more year to give him time. I don’t disagree with Wenger, but if we get 15-18 for him(never going to happen), I rather get the money and re-invest in the squad.

What else will I blog about ? Mourinho’s return, Suarez’ antics or a mouth watering rivalry between Madrid and Barcelona if Bale moves to Spain. There is nothing happening in the Arsenal camp, and everybody is so excited. For what ??? The prospect that the Arsenal transfer record will be broken.

I will be posting more often from now on as it has been a long holiday. But to post on Arsenal is becoming monotonous. Life has to be more interesting with other clubs as well. Looking at the current situation, I might just have to explore that option.

DKD

73-72 = 25 million in the bank. Happy St. Totteringhams Day to all.

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I haven’t written for a long time, and honestly it has bothered me. But for Arsenal there should be something to write on and unless I find that posts in this blog shall remain rare. Now since, the season has drawn to its penultimate end, let me just throw out my opinion on the events of this season.

Arsenal finish 4th and celebrated as if they have won the champions league. I understand why the players celebrated the way they did after the Newcastle game. Getting 4th was immense for the club, and everybody including me had written them off. I for that matter, was so angry that I didn’t want them to qualify for the champions league, at least I felt that way then.

I supported the team in every match though, it was just that I told myself to accept the fact that we may not get 4th this season. The way I saw this as was not finishing 4th would  force Wenger to make drastic changes to his rigid policies.

I saw the last game of the season with my Dad, who often doesn’t watch football with me, but we have the occasional banter about Arsenal. He really likes to pull my leg because I’m an Arsenal fan. I started shouting when the Walcott ran towards goal and struck the post. People in the house thought I had gone crazy.”Come on, run Theo, run, finish it, finish it, come on, ahhhhhh”

It was a hard fought victory over Newcastle, a mere 0-1 result, but that was enough. And my MOTM was Laurent Koscielny who I feel the club must hold on to under whatever circumstances.

Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. And honestly, I am sad. I disliked him because he was in charge of United, but my respect for his immense. He is a benchmark for what managers should strive to become. He is more than a Mourinho, because of his continuous loyalty towards one club. And he has won everything.  United did things in style this season, and the league was wrapped up when they established a 12 point lead over City.

I strongly believe that the quality of any team not only starts from the basics but also getting the job done in a consistent manner. My point can be well illustrated with an example. Manchester United grind out wins. Sometimes at Old Trafford, they come under a lot of pressure. They perform badly. And YET, despite all this, they grind out a 1-0 or 2-1 result. Sometimes they don’t even concede, in spite of playing in their own half for a good part of 90 mins.

And this is what Arsenal did for the latter half of the season.

I have a little stat which really commends this Arsenal team. We lost to Spurs at White Hart Lane, on 3rd March, 2013. Since then, Arsenal have played 10 games, winning 8 and drawing 2. That is 26 points out of 30. Respect.

I still think if Wenger does what he did last summer we won’t challenge for anything next season. And when I say challenge, I mean posing a realistic challenge. There is a chance he may do that, although he comments that they will be ‘proactive’ in the summer transfer window. But, haven’t we all heard that before.

In other news, I may be off to Seoul, Korea in a few days time, but when I come back I’ll start blogging regularly for next season. This year has been extremely busy and there was nothing to look out for as far as football was concerned. That is, apart from the champions league final between Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

I’m supporting the underdogs, just as those neutral people reading this post are. Human instinct, can’t really help it, can I ?

It all comes down to this – The Last Trophy

The Emirates on a champions league night

Here are the run-in’s for the premier league between Arsenal and Tottenham. Spurs currently sit on 57 points, and behind them Arsenal with 53. Chelsea is juxtaposed between the two teams on 55 points.

If you compare the below run-ins of both Arsenal and Spurs, Arsenal’s is easier. We have 5 home games, including our game in hand against Everton. Whereas Spurs have 4.

Also Spurs and Chelsea are both in the Europa League. And they are there to win it. Well, atleast it seems that way.

ARSENAL’S FIXTURE LIST :

06 Apr Gameweek 32 West Brom (A)
13 Apr Gameweek 33 Norwich (H)
16 Apr Gameweek 33 Everton (H)
20 Apr Gameweek 34 Fulham (A)
28 Apr Gameweek 35 Man Utd (H)
04 May Gameweek 36 QPR (A)
12 May Gameweek 37 Wigan (H)
19 May Gameweek 38 Newcastle (A)

SPURS FIXTURE LIST :
07 Apr Gameweek 32 Everton (H)
14 Apr Gameweek 33 Chelsea (A)
21 Apr Gameweek 34 Man City (H)
27 Apr Gameweek 35 Wigan (A)
04 May Gameweek 36 Southampton (H)
12 May Gameweek 37 Stoke City (A)
19 May Gameweek 38 Sunderland (H)

HOME GAMES:

Our home games include Norwich, Everton, Manchester United and Wigan. Of these, Arsenal should be able to see of at least 4 opponent’s (excluding United). Spurs however have 4 home games, one of which is against Manchester City. Of the remaining 3, only Everton may pose to be an obstacle.

The dark horse for both teams is Everton. In comparison to Wigan, Norwich and Southampton and Sunderland (SPURS) Everton is the only side which can cause a setback to both London clubs.

AWAY GAMES :

Arsenal’s away games does pose quite the challenge. West Brom(43), Fulham(33), QPR(23) and Newcastle(33) are all good teams with QPR being the only team fighting for survival. Both Fulham and Newcastle are 9 points away from Wigan, which occupies spot 17 on the table (24). But at least 3 wins is mandatory, the dicey game being QPR/Newcastle.

For Spurs it is a little more complex. Their 4 away games include Stoke City, Wigan, Chelsea. Each tie is an obstacle – even Wigan because they are in the relegation zone.

Although Arsenal are favorites to get the 4th spot in the league yet things can change really quickly – especially because there is EVERYTHING to fight for among these 3 teams in this mini-trio league of ‘theirs.’

PS : Not considered Chelsea because the goal is to beat Spurs, who are ahead of them.