A New Dawn

 

So here we are, the long footballess summer is over and today we can celebrate the start of a new season.

The wholesale changes haven’t happened yet only Ade and Toure gone and Vermaelen in.  Jack Wilshire was fabulous in pre-season and a lot of supporters are hoping to see him given more time. I have to say that this time last year many of us had already seen Wilshire being fabulous and were disappointed that although he was given a 1st team squad number he didn’t actually feature too much after we went out of the Carling Cup. I hope the boss is going to use him at the start of some games instead of expecting him to change a game by coming off the bench – too much pressure for someone so young in my mind.

My hopes for the season ahead are more goals from Nikki – I want him to fill his boots, Arsh to carry on where he left off, Cesc to find his form, Theo to be more creative, Robin to stay injury free and be the new dutch master, Dudu to go from strength to strength, whoever plays alongside Cesc to be solid and for the DEFENDERS  TO  DEFEND……….not too much to ask.

Oh, and for all our injured players to return swiftly and for our treatment room to gather dust.

Enjoy the game today, lets show all the doubters that WE ARE THE ARSENAL – 3 points please.

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56 Responses to A New Dawn

  1. peachesgooner says:

    Afternoon all

    I’m still trying to buy ESPN so that I can watch the game…….

    Back soon 🙂

  2. kelsey says:

    A new dawn indeed.

    Interesting to see the Sky Sports poll that 28% of those surveyed thought the title would be between United and Liverpool. and only 19% voted for Chelsea and 11% for Arsenal.I personally don’t agree with that forecast.There are a lot of factors to consider.United have to replace the goals scored by Ronaldo, and Rooney has to turn from provider to a more central goal scorer, making him more reliant to the team.Will petulance get the better of him.Berbatov will also need to be a key figure.Liverpool only lost twice last season,and again they maybe reliant on an injury free and top form from Torres and Gerrard and their unsung hero Kuyt. Chelsea remain strong,even with their forth manager in as many years,and although they have players who are a year older,I don’t regard that as a factor for them to decline.Ancelotti will have his say,and maybe a change of formation,but nothing drastic.Then Arsenal, who yet again have been totally dismissed always for the same reasons that we are vulnerable to set pieces,and the defence needs more quality, which hopefully will still be addressed this month.One thing in our favour is that contrary to opinion,we can operate without Fabregas,as proved in our unbeaten run last season, but it was an embarrassment to see the rift between us and United in the CL semi final.For me,expectancy is to remain in the top four with key players being Arshavin,Eduardo and hopefully Wilshere.Good luck to all the lads and let’s start off positive with a 1-3 win

  3. peachesgooner says:

    Hi kelsey

    Isn’t it amazing that with all the pessimism around we still reckon we’ll stuff the toffees today.

    I do love it when no-one rates us and we pull some results out of the hat – I think the defence will be the key as we should get goals from all over the place even against the teams that park the bus.

  4. Irishgunner says:

    Suddenly everyone is talking about Arsenal 😀

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  5. kelsey says:

    Well,Well,Well. Song was my man of the match.We don’t need a tall front man,we have so many options to score.

    remember Everton fielded more or less their Cup Final side and finished fifth.I thought our all round defensive play was great,yet Cesc only came into the game with the setting up of Denilson’s goal.(Did I say Denilson)Half time I thought we wouldn’t have to up our game and that wasn’t really the case.Confidence grew and all in all a great result and good prep for Celtic.

    Special word for Nicci and Vermaelen looked solid as a rock.

  6. peachesgooner says:

    Blimey – did i say goals from all over the place 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Irish – have you watched the goals now?

  8. London says:

    Good post

  9. London says:

    Peaches

    I don’t quite understand why you sent me that email. I don’t have anything to do with running AR, neither do I aspire to do so; I do not have a vote, neither do I want one; I am an invited guest who is happy to abide by the decisions made by the owners of the site.

    That said, I do agree it is a great shame. Good luck with your site.

  10. kelsey says:

    Naturally, another fluke result by the written off Arsenal, mainly because Lescott’s transfer request earlier in the week totally disrupted the whole team.Pretty even first 25 minutes,then Denilson totally miss hits the ball,and we go 1-0 up in the 26th.minute.What do some of the Everton faithful do ?. They leave the ground.Moyes then suggests that the defence plays like Arsenal and defend as badly at crosses and set pieces,and subsequently concede a further two goals.Half time and many more home supporters leave.Second half begins, and Fabregas,who apparently is leaving to join Milan on Monday,ups his game into second gear and scores two further goals.The Lescott effect is making more people leave and with half an hour left,the ground has more away fans than home support.Wenger decides to make changes,as at 5-0 the game is never safe,and he wants our defence to go back to the old ways and give the toffees a chance,as he is a nice man.No such luck,Arshavin miss times his shot,and as luck will have it,Eduardo happens to be in the right place to slide in the rebound off the post.6-0 and now there are150 people left in the ground,and Wenger goes completely mad in the 92nd minute as Saha out of all people scores a goal,which might in the long term help Everton avoid relegation on goal difference. 🙂 🙂

  11. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    G’Day Peaches & all

    Another gooner blog. Good stuff. I must say, I really enjoyed the game. Nice to go into half time not having to stress about the opo making a come back to grab a point. Lot of work to do, but the boys really seemed to work for each other.

  12. peachesgooner says:

    Morning gnarley – nice of you to pop in 😉

    Great match report kelsey – I’m still smiling, had to watch the goals a couple of times again last night and this morning…….hope all those goals have instilled real confidence into our squad 🙂

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Great start. As GG says, how great was it to not stress at all in the second half.

    I thought Gallas was excellent. He brought the experience needed to the back, and even added a goal.

    In fact everyone played well.

    Song will have gained huge confidence from yesterday.

    BTW.Great to be back on PP.

  14. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Raddy – sorry its a bit quiet today – the sun’s shining at last and I’m in and out the garden.

    Do you wear your lucky socks for every game 🙂

    Oh no, I’ve just realised I wasn’t wearing my watch and bracelet…….thats it…….I’ll have to leave them off now 😦

    I’m so pleased we took our chances yesterday, I love it when we play the beautuful football but when we don’t score it feels a bit worthless.

    I thought Song was very good, I hope he continues to grow into the player Arsene expects him to…..

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Many moons ago I used to post on AllGooneredup There was a good community there, and my points is …… even then Song was a target for the boo boys. AW came out and said that we would all be proved wrong by AS and if he continues to improve as he has, once again AW will be proved right.

    Where do Mozart, Theo, Sami fit into this team?

  16. peachesgooner says:

    Hey Raddy – I’m so sorry that last comment went into Spam – I can’t see why ……….

    I think Theo slots into the 4-3-3 that we saw yesterday and if we want to pay 4-2-4 or 4-4-2 then the other 2 replace Arsh and Nikki.

  17. kelsey says:

    Good Morning.

    On reflecting the opening results, Chelsea may have been lucky in the end,but the fact is though we had a terrific boost by hammering Everton, it is basically three points a piece for the top three.Liverpool deserved nothing yesterday,in fact the first 30 minutes resembled a rugby league match,and eventually purely through creating more Spurs deserved to win.I f Rafa continues to tinker with his side it will be to all our benefit.Lucas and babel are woeful,yet benyaoun looked class when he eventually came on.

    Anyway,now we have to move on and how that though we know we can beat any team on the day,we have to find consistency,which we lacked last season.We beat Sheffield United 6-0 and then next game lost toHull at home.

    The signs are positive and it will be interesting to see how Hageland copes with Drogba, next saturday.

    5 different goalscorers on saturday,and that’s how I see the season pan out.We have about ten players who could regularly find the net,without be reliant on an Adebayor type.

    They team looked far more relaxed without the disruptive players about, and even nic was beaming.
    Long way to go and I hope we still buy at least one additional defensive player,as Silvestre as back up or even the much maligned Senderos,doesn’t install much confidence.

  18. kelsey says:

    I know it’s not Friday, but these are all true.

    THE WEAKEST LINK Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for
    ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?
    Contestant: Homosexuals.
    Jeremy Paxman: No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will
    be very upset with you

    BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
    Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is?
    Contestant: Geography isn’t my strong point.
    Jamie Theakston: There’s a clue in the title.
    Contestant: Leicester

    BBC NORFOLK
    Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful
    World?
    Contestant: I don’t know.
    Stewart White: I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the
    part between your hand and your elbow?
    Contestant: Arm
    Stewart White: Correct And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
    Contestant: Strong.
    Stewart White: Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first
    name?
    Contestant: Louis
    Stewart White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide
    hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
    Contestant: Frank Sinatra?

    LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS)
    Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy ?
    Contestant: France.
    Trelinski: France is another country. Try again.
    Contestant: Oh, um, Benidorm.
    Trelinski: Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which
    country is the Parthenon?
    Contestant: Sorry, I don’t know.
    Trelinski: Just guess a country then.
    Contestant: Paris.

    THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
    Anne Robinson: Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have
    all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the
    Conservative Party?
    Contestant: The Conservative Party.

    BEACON RADIO ( WOLVERHAMPTON )
    DJ Mark: For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
    Ruth from Rowley Regis: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?

    UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
    Bamber Gascoyne: What was Gandhi’s first name?
    Contestant: Goosey?

    GWR FM ( Bristol )
    Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 ?
    Contestant: I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.

    PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO MANCHESTER)
    Phil: What’s 11 squared?
    Contestant: I don’t know.
    Phil: I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the
    middle.
    Contestant: Is it five?

    RICHARD AND JUDY
    Richard: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
    Contestant: Forrest Gump.

    RICHARD AND JUDY
    Richard: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
    Contestant: Er. .. ..
    Richard: He makes bread . .. .
    Contestant: Er . ….
    Richard: He makes cakes . .. .
    Contestant: Kipling Street?

    LINCS FM PHONE-IN
    Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the
    world?
    Contestant: Barcelona.
    Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
    Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries
    in Spain .

    NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
    Question: What is the world’s largest continent?
    Contestant: The Pacific.

    ROCK FM ( PRESTON )
    Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the
    name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
    Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
    Steve Le Fevre: What was signed, to bring World War I to an end
    in 1918?
    Contestant: Magna Carta?

    JAMES O’BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
    James O’Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?

    Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth …
    ER. ER … Three?

    CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL )
    Chris Searle: In which European country isMount Etna?
    Caller: Japan.
    Chris Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you
    didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
    Caller: Er ….. Mexico ?

    PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE )
    Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and
    Israellast?
    Contestant (long pause): Fourteen days.

    DARYL DENHAM’S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
    Daryl Denham: In which country would you spend shekels?
    Contestant: Holland?
    Daryl Denham: Try the next letter of the alphabet.
    Contestant: Iceland? Ireland ?
    Daryl Denham: (helpfully) It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?
    Contestant: No.

    PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
    Phil Wood: What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
    Contestant: Er. … ..
    Phil Wood: It’s got two syllables . . . Kor . .
    Contestant: Blimey?
    Phil Wood: Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . ..
    Contestant: (Silence)
    Phil Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . .
    .
    Contestant: Walked?

    THE VAULT
    Melanie Sykes: What is the name given to the condition where the
    sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
    Contestant: Nostalgia.

    LUNCHTIME SHOW (BRMB)
    Presenter: What religion was Guy Fawkes?
    Contestant: Jewish.
    Presenter: That’s close enough.

    STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
    Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which
    jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?
    Contestant: Jesus.

  19. Rasputin says:

    Morning peachbums,

    I can’t stick around for in depth analysis now I’m afraid … just a few observations

    We were awesome

    Everton would probably only have conceded 2 of the goals if they were on top form but would have still lost convincingly

    Liverpool look tired and lacking in ideas

    Chelsea and manure will both be strong

    The side on saturday was balanced … let’s hope Diaby doesn’t figure too many times this season

  20. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Wenger must be feeling good about everything hes given a lengthy interview about top clubs and european football ahead of tonights Champions Lge leg against Celtic.

    I’m just hoping we let the football do the talking – I can’t wait to hear him waxing lyrical about ‘handbrakes’ again……..

  21. peachesgooner says:

    I thought it was interesting that David Moyes said that we were more physical on Saturday and up for the challenge………

    The Times has Diaby on the right wing with Nikki up front for tonights starting line-up 😕

  22. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    A thing that hit me with a big wallop about the goals was that we shot from outside the area when the chance arose – we all know Cesc would do it but seeing Denilson having a lash was great, long may it last.

    I think some people will have to eat le big dose of le humble pie if Song continues the way he is playing. I think with him he prefers playing further back than field than in actual midfield. He is good at CB or in the Yaya Toure role of just in front of the back four but tonight should be a far bigger test.

    Peaches – if that is the line up could it be that AW is trying to counter the threat of McGeady who is Celtic’s main attacking threat from midfield?

  23. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Go Go Gunners 😈

  24. peachesgooner says:

    Hiya Irish and gnarley

    Irish – you’re so knowledgable 😉 Seems theres a long list of injuries – theres a surprise – so anyone could be anywhere in mid-field and up-front….

    Have to go driving with my son who just passed his test.

    Irish – are going to be able to watch the game somewhere, I hope so. Catch up in a while 😛

  25. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Peaches,

    Yep its on TV3 in Ireland but that means I have to listen to Tony Cascarino 😦 thank god for the mute button 🙂

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Irish, at least your commentary is in English !

    As long as we go out on the attack we will be fine tonight. If we sit and try to stifle them, there could be problems.

    If there is any truth to us starting with AD and NB upfront, it will be a long night.

    I go for a win tonight., but if we lose by one goal and score, I will take that.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Only 2 hours to kick-off …. should be enough to down this newly opened bottle of Italian Red made from hand-picked grapes that have ripened under the clear blue skies around Venice. Then been carefully crushed and processed into this beautiful ruby nectar that sits besides me.

  28. kelsey says:

    Hello,
    I got the first part right, same team starts as saturday, now let’s go and get them. 0-2 Arsenal.

  29. peachesgooner says:

    Raddy – you are such a lush 😉

    Diaby up front – oh heavens….i’m sure he’s fabulous on the training ground but he gives the ball away so cheaply 😦

  30. peachesgooner says:

    Hello kelsey – how are you? Hot?

  31. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – how did you know the team news I just checked on Arse.com and there was nothing there

  32. kelsey says:

    hello peaches,

    hot boiling 🙂

  33. kelsey says:

    Apparently Eduardo got injured in the warm up, and LUKE Wilshere is on the bench.

    Good first half, clever worked free kick by cesc off gallas’s head.Half way there.

    And what about Darren Bent 😉

  34. Rasputin says:

    Evening peachbums,

    Good result – we won ugly ….

    I can’t understand why AW didn’t sub Cesc soon after the second goal – he was getting kicked to pieces.

    Diaby – typical performance, one moment of brilliance that made the 2nd goal and then gave the ball away 3 times on the trot trying to be too clever and hanging on to the ball too long.

    TV is the real deal. A master stroke by Arsene. He is just what we need at the back. He talks a lot and does the TA thing with his arms to push the backline up the pitch.

  35. peachesgooner says:

    Agree rasp….

    Glen Hoddle – ‘I don’t think Arsenal showed many moments of brilliance….they were quite ordinary’

    Gordan Strachan – ‘I think Arsenal were brilliant at times….quite brilliant’

    Ha ha ha 😀

  36. peachesgooner says:

    Morning kelsey

  37. kelsey says:

    Morning peaches.

    I hate to be proved right but Wenger outwitted Mowbray,as I half expected.No doubt both our goals were slightly fortunate, but considering Celtic have beaten Barcelona,juventus,AC Milan and United at home, we made them look quite ordinary,and furthermore I can’t really remember much of a threat except once with Gallas making a timely intervention.

    The media in general just put the emphasis on Celtic being of a lower standard than the majority of top PL teams, also we didn’t play well, we had nothing to beat and Mowbray has only just taken over.Yet 24 hours before it was suggested we would have a really hard time just to get a draw.

    There is more urgency and pressing by our midfield and defence,team look sharp and a special mention for Vermaelen,who had an outstanding game(regardless of his height.)Looks like another good acquasition.

    I agree with Rasp, about Cesc.considering he was only 50-50 to play he was literally kicked off the park,and I would have taken him off as well.

    I feel we may have some battle sore warriors this morning, and on an unrelated theme, I just can’t get used to us playing in this blue kit, it doesn’t look right to me.

  38. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon all,

    Good win last night. Our best players were Vermaelen, Fabregas and Song. Should be through now.

    This thing about Cesc going to Barca next season for £35million is quite hilarious. One of the best young players in the world, in a very important position, with a billion year contract moving for £35mil – having a laugh!

  39. Irishgunner says:

    Everyone going on Saturday gets a free scarf. I want a free scarf 😦

  40. kelsey says:

    Hi Irish,

    Did you notice the score I predicted ;)I agree about our best players on the night as well.

  41. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Kelsey,

    I did 😉 Better than my 3-1 and getting no scorers right. I’ll leave the predictions to you ha ha

    Check this story out – http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/19082009/58/berlin-2009-gender-test-semenya.html

    I mean, just have a peek, why does it take so long to check?

  42. kelsey says:

    Funnily enough they have been discussing this on the BBC during coverage of the athletics.

    It is all rather strange.3 weeks to check someones sex.

    Apparently a woman ran in the 110 metres hurdle race in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. She changed her name and moved to the USA and was accidently shot dead at a gas station some years later.At the mortuary she was identified as being a man.

    That is a story as told by the BBC

  43. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve read some stories like that before Kelsey. I think the Russians were mad for it as well – placing males in womens events.

    Surely a check down stairs would suffice – I mean how far would these people go to win medals?

  44. kelsey says:

    Irish if you are still there,

    there are reports that Rafa has walked out !!!

    Going back to the athletes there were a pair of Russian twins in early sixties who won all the womens’ field events,I think they were called the press Sisters (sp) and they literally looked like men, and at male induced hormones that they had to shave daily.
    This is not my specialist subject,but apparently some women have more male hormones than is normal, and i believe the reverse is also possible, and I think that in this S.African’s girls’ case this may have been the case.However no one has complained.All rather bizarre.

  45. Irishgunner says:

    I’m still here Kelsey,

    Heard those rumours and the counter rumours and whatever is true, things are not well at Liverpool.

    I wonder what tests they will do. Will it be hormones or what? I should have listened more in biology although I know the important bits ha ha 😉

  46. peachesgooner says:

    Hi guys

    I’m getting a free scarf – better than a free flag 😉

    Any more news on Rafa?

  47. Irishgunner says:

    He turned up tonight anyway. Seems a rumour for now.

    Burnley 1-0 up 😀

  48. Irishgunner says:

    Well done Burnley – nice 8)

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Great result at Turf Moor. Takes me back to the ‘old days’ !

  50. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I found BR but I’m a day late 😉

  51. Big Raddy says:

    GG !

    All to pay for today. If it doesn’t go well, then it is obviously the fault og Mr Bowden who has an anti-England bias ;-(

  52. Big Raddy says:

    OOH ,now that was a session and a half ! 8 or 58 !!

    Come on England !!

  53. Big Raddy says:

    I seem to be treading a lonely path !!

    Still, England are doing us proud.

    And we are going to win in sunny Islington today.

    Come on you rip-roaring Gunners

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Got the lucky home socks and shirt on.

  55. Irishgunner says:

    Woohoo 🙂 More of the same next week pretty please

  56. peachesgooner says:

    Hi all I have put up a NEW POST

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