All That Ends Well is Well?

What a rollercoaster season we had at Arsenal, so much talking points. From finishing the lowest we have done in 20 years to Winning the EmiratesFAcup in such a convincing manner and making certain that our worst campaign in 20 years was more productive than Tottenham’s best campaign in more than 50 years, Stan Kroenke rejecting a £1bn take over bid from Russian billionaire and Arsenal fan Alisher Usmanov, Wenger finally getting another 2 years contract amid fierce protest from a section of Arsenal supporters (Wenger Out Brigade) and the club looking to build from the strong finish of our late charge in the season. There is just so much to talk about.

I have been away on a self imposed holiday from writing on Arsenal affairs until the season ends, because I was so sick and tired of the happenings at the time. Do not get it the wrong way, I never missed a single match that we played..I only decided it was in my best health interest that I stop for a while and reflect. As I said, it’s been a rollercoaster season where many different Arsenal showed up in different matches. There were times they were drop dead brilliant, and there were times they were literary crap. All in all, I remained a gooner through and through.

During the course of this break, we shall be looking back on some of the problems that made our season go haywire and what can be done to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. We shall profile and discuss our potential targets and look at how they can add quality to the team. (Its rumoured we have already acquired the services of Kolasinac and have also agreed to buy Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru, and are on the heels of Monaco’s young prodigy kylian Mbappe; for whom a bid of £87m was lodged a few days ago…as reported by L’equipe. It’s really refreshing to see that things are moving faster than other times, and the amount quoted are quite audacious.

Let’s sit back and enjoy the summer. It promises to be an exciting one! COYG!!

-fair play gooner


They Came, They Saw, They Were Defeated.

Monaco celebrate against Tottenham

Djibril Sidibe and Radamel Falcao celebrate Monaco’s opening goal (BBC sports)

Even though they are still unbeaten in premier league until now, their debacle in European elite competition has shown that our north London neighbours are not as big as they think themselves of, and should be content with thursday night fixtures in Europa league. Rewind back a few months when the draw was made, on paper, they had the easiest of groups, that even their fans were all smiles. Fast forward a few months to UCL match day 5 in Monaco, Spurs were all frightened kitten as they succumbed to their third consecutive defeat in the champions league. Monaco 2-1 Tottenham. They bottled it up as usual -otherwise, who comes third in a two horse race?

Totally outclassed, Tottenham were second best in all aspects; 15 touches on the host’s penalty area to a whopping 26 touches by Monaco, 6 shots on target to the host’s 16 shots. (Monaco left/Spurs righ)

To say that spurs were totally outclassed is to spare them serious blushes; they were annihilated. It was a miracle that the game was in balance until the 94th minute, thanks to Hugo Lloris masterclass in goal. Little wonder he was the man of the match on the night. Wonder saves, penalty save And what not. Sidibe was a pain in the ass for the visitors, with his marauding runs on the right flank, while Bernard pulled strings in the middle of the park. It was a fitting performance from a worthy group toppers. 

What’s  next for spurs? 

They travel to Chelsea this weekend in what might be the end of their unbeaten run in the premier league.

“We are out and we have time to assess and analyse. It is true we feel disappointed but today we missed opportunities”

-Mauricio Pochetino

Goes to show how remarkly consistent Arsenal has been, even through untold difficulties over the years; qualifying for the knockout stages of the UCL, year-in year-out with limited resources. This Tottenham side had Everything they needed to qualify from a seemingly easy group, yet they redemonstrted why the red divide of London thinks they are forever in their shadow.

Even standing on the Emirates stadium turf, they were still in the shadow?

Take a moment and observe a minute silence for our neighbours. North London will always be red. COYG!!