Arsenal player nicknames, pub photos + another hilarious comic

Arsenal player nicknames, pub photos + another hilarious comic

I don’t often do more than one post in a day but I didn’t really think the content of this ‘extra post’ fit in anywhere else. Remember that you can still check out the Arsenal v Celtic preview and the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast in today’s earlier post.

Here we go…

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Arsenal Player Nicknames

Below is a list of nicknames that I have given to Arsenal player nicknames over the past season or two. I sometimes use them on the blog and I’m sure a few people are thinking – “Who the hell is he talking about”? – when I do. They’re bound to change throughout this season and beyond and I will be adding to the list whenever new ones arise.

Manuel Almunia
+ The Frog – because of last year’s lime-green shirt and Morgana Clarke’s “He looks like a frog!” comment early on in the season
+ Lego Man – because of this season’s gold yellow on canary yellow shirt

Abou Diaby
+  The Basketballer – because he looks like he could play in the NBA

Samir Nasri
+ Baby Nasri – because he looks 12

William Gallas
+ Capi – obvious reasons (also now the nickname of one my housemates, who once captained our team on trivia night)

+ Lego Head – again, obvious reasons

Alex Song
+ Muppet – because he looks like one of Jim Henson’s muppets

Jack Wilshere
+ Ross Barclay – because he looks exactly like one of Panda and my mates, Ross Barclay

Lukasz Fabianski
+ Tadpole – because he’s Almunia’s understudy

Gael Clichy
+ Barbados Slim – because he looks like this fellow from Futurama

Andrey Arshavin
+ Nugget Arse – well… have you seen his arse? 

Nicklas Bendtner
+ Ol’ Pink Boots – because he wore those insane pink Nike boots last season
+ Nikki B – obvious reasons

Can you think of any more?

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Arsenal v Everton – Pig ‘n’ Whistle pub photos

A decent group of Arsenal supporters headed to the Pig ‘n’ Whistle pub in Brisbane for Arsenal’s 6-1 over Everton. I took quite a few photos on the night (and had a couple taken of me) and I’ve included them in the post. There will doubtless be other Arsenal gatherings happening throughout the season at ‘The Pig’ and if you’re a Brisbane Gooner then I encourage you to get in touch with me via Twitter or Facebook to ask me about them.


Myself and the infamous Morgana Clarke


‘Alan Goat’ and ‘The Mime’ enjoy a pint before the game


Alif is happy with the score


Some of the crew pose for the camera


The girls pose in their new Arsenal shirts


Myself and fellow Arsenal blogger Jammathon celebrate at the end

So as you can probably tell, a good night had by all. It won’t always be 6-1 but when you can enjoy watching the Arsenal with all sorts of crazy supporters it doesn’t matter one bit.

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Tottenham fans getting a-head of themselves?

Below is another great football comic by Chris Toy from Studs Up. Just don’t send it to your Spurs mates…

Another brilliant Studs Up comic by Chris Toy

Have your say on nicknames, pub antics or the comic by leaving a comment.


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63 Responses to “Arsenal player nicknames, pub photos + another hilarious comic”

  1. The Mime
    August 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    oi where’s the nickname for Walcott? and no denilson pic?

  2. Tersoo
    August 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Luvly game, such an outstanding performance!! Hope it goes on like this throughout the season…

  3. oskarw
    August 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    any gooners from sydney? heading there in a few weeks and last time i worked there for two years i had to watch almost all games by myself or with my british neighbour :/

  4. Martyn Linkin Tumwesigye
    August 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    I lyk tha gals 🙂

  5. enemyairships
    August 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    Barbados Slim – hahahahahaha, priceless.

    Any publican who opens up at 4:30am for a football lock-in is an unparalleled hero.

    As for nicknames, only John Jensen II comes to mind for whenever Nik Bendy fluffs a sitter.

  6. dirt
    August 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    i like b 52 for st nik. Or the strikin viking.

  7. Torso
    August 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Find me a job in brisbane and I’d come rite there to watch them 😉

  8. fernando guilherme
    August 18, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    lovely pictures wish i was there, althoght we get to watch games at a very decent time in South africa. Keep up the good work and cant wait wip Celtic

  9. Toaster
    August 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Vermaelen – The Verminator, the aliens are planning to invade earth but they are waiting until Vermaelen dies first.

    Walcott – Wally

    Djourou – The suction cap (have you seen his lips!)

    Silvestre – OH NO! (please dont let him ever play again)

    RVP – Flip top (he has finally changed his hair but for years he sported the “flip Top”

  10. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    August 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Cheers all, was a really fun night.

    @ Toaster – The Suction Cap is fecking hilarious. I don’t think I’ll use it though. And ‘Flip Top’, hahaha. We may as well call him Will Smith.

  11. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    August 18, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    @ enemyairships – Glad you got the reference. Panda and I have been calling him that for about three years.

  12. rocknrolljesus1
    August 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    wtf!!!??? legos????

    bendtner- nikki b

    v.persie- robin hood?

    fabregas- sargent

    sagna- blondy

    walcott- usain bolt?

    rosicky- mozart

    eduardo- eddy

    arshavin- super man

    gallas- willy

    diaby- jordan

    senderos- big phill

    wilshere- boy wonder

  13. Chinedu d gooner
    August 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I like ‘d frog’ for almunia, i fink russian rocket fits arshavin more. Wilshere: the kid!

  14. Alan Goat
    August 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    @ Toaster “The Verminator” thats classic. I’ll use that one.

    What a night & good photos Andy.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm #


  16. Anonymous
    August 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    Slick willy

  17. Martyn Linkin Tumwesigye
    August 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Oh crap…4:30 in tha morning to watch an arsenal match moreover in a! i bow to you guyz…especially thee chics have guts….way to go gooners. \m/

  18. danw74
    August 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    I live in the States, so I thought I had issues with game times… you guys are legendary. Opening up a pub at 4:30 to watch footy is downright fanatical… great work.
    As for some nicknames…
    Fab – Sylar
    Sagna – The Do
    Wallcott – Meep Meep
    Arshavin – Mini B (ergkamp)
    Eduardo – Crozilla
    Bendtner – Trou

  19. Cleture
    August 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    RVP- Vampire. His strenght and temper is awesom.

  20. samflu
    August 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    Sagna – Spaghetti Head or Curtain Top

  21. billi_the_kid
    August 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    am I the first commentator now? whatever,

    so I like: The Frog, The Basketballer, I had to lough about Tadpole and like Ol’ Pink Boots, about The Nugget A… you have to think twice, (you’re right of course but ….) maybe Bomber or Jet Bomber would be a suggest, or just The Bombe?,

    the photos are nice, I’m nearly a bit envious ’cause I can’t watch the matches with other fans, of course at 2:30, that’s really hardcore, though most of you look astonishing fresh, despite of some eyes, looking a little bit small………..

    it’s difficult to think about nicknames, ’cause the best emerge spontaneously, I will have a try: Sagna: The Plaits or Braids, Gallas: Bald Pate, van Persie: Shiny Teeth, Rosicky: Serious Look, Eduardo: Shiny Teeth II, Walcott: Dumbo Ears, Djourou: Maybe The Earring or Tricksy Smile or ‘Ditch A Roo’ (because of the name), Denilson: Dumbo Ears II, Clichy: Mr. Spock, Song: The Hit or Black Pumuckle, Eboue: Our Boo-eh?, Vermaalen (reminded me of Gollum (The Lord of the Rings) I’m sorry), Silvestre: Celentano or right: Azurro, Cesc: The Smile or Gibson Smile, Senderos: Ros King or King Ros?,

    aren’t good at all, but was just a try……… some fun before the serious

  22. C-Bass
    August 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    I mean I call Almunia Blondie for obvious reasons, but also because every time I hear it I think of Clint Eastwood’s character from the Good the Bad and the Ugly.

    I also have quite taken to calling Diaby peanut head.

    Looks like a damn fine time SF. And who the hell has any Spurs mates?

  23. jay-jay
    August 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Girls were nice 😛 lol

  24. SoftVision
    August 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Song is more like ‘Sideshow Bob’ from the Simpsons.

  25. kedge
    August 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Nick is Barbie, blonde and wears pink!

  26. komakeh chris
    August 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    It’s todaythat the all worldwill know who we ara? I hope our Arsenal player will do something wonderful.
    Chris from Uganda

  27. Ben B
    August 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    That Morgana Clark is very nice indeed 🙂

  28. Neilo
    August 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    Was gonna throw down a few nicknames, but looks like they’re all covered off. Some funny ones there! Fingers crossed for goals tonight!

  29. Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
    August 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm #


    Arshavin: “The assassin” (because he scored 4 goals in as many chances)

    Almunia: “Borat” (because of a picture on where he smiled and gave a thumb up as if he was saying: “my name a borat!”)

    Vermaelen: “The veminator” (as sugested before)

  30. Amerigooner
    August 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    We all call Wilshere “JackJack” after the exploding infant superhero prodigy from “The Incredibles”. Makes sense now that you hear it, right?!

  31. crap_site
    August 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    this site is crap.

    the nicknames are crap.

    the pictures are crap.


  32. Giddie
    August 18, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    well you guys enjoyed yourselfs out there

  33. crap_site
    August 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    but i would definitely give morgana one!

  34. Sandza
    August 19, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    WOW!COOL nicks hey, but RVP should be also nick named Wicked leg, bcoz of his left accurate leg. Theo beta call him TIWA, from his name and from TITI(Thiery Henry)

    August 19, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    Spanish can you allow or rather nominate 5 other bloggers to take pictures of their viewing centre and send to you so you can preview and post.
    Eg Nigeria, South Africa, USA, Mexico, Australia, Japan and maybe GB.
    Ur call finally

  36. theicehammer
    August 19, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    What about a name for Arshavin- the as in the advert. Compare the

  37. tina
    August 19, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    Good one man!

  38. theicehammer
    August 19, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Arsene- IDNSI.

  39. gunner
    August 19, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Vermaelen is the best. what a save!!!

  40. Darragh
    August 19, 2009 at 5:30 am #

    Looks like Arsenal have worked the set plays during the break eh? Gallas to score 20 goals this season ? haha

  41. billi_the_kid
    August 19, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    I want that they do the trick with Gallas once more, *smile*, tough game, breathless first half, the goal was a bit lucky, wasn’t it? but I think no offside, with the back of Gallas, you have to be lucky, that’s it, hope they will stand the fight now

  42. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    August 19, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    @ Darragh – Mark Gallas down for 40+

  43. billi_the_kid
    August 19, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    luckily, luckily, but who will know it at the end of the day………..

  44. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    August 19, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    Lucky? I’m not sure about that. The fact we never looked like conceding says it wasn’t a particularly lucky performance or result.

  45. luxinbrasil
    August 19, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    A truly dominant Arsenal performance…they tried to kick chunks out of us and despite a hard fought first half contest, our superiority and class shone through..The whole team worked hard and well…game over for Celtic now..
    And what with Cesc playing..piss off Barça for another year at least!

  46. jay-jay
    August 19, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    That turned out to be a fairly more comfortable victory than I thought. I must say – Vermaelen and Gallas, One superbly stops a sure goal the other puts one in. Vermaelen looks the real deal atm and when Djourou is back im backin Verm to still play. Verm and Gallas seem to play well with each other and Gallas just loves to score, we have scoring well from set peices too! At this moment in time i really think we can get a trophy!

  47. theicehammer
    August 19, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    the arsenal played well apart from the final ball in the last third of the park. Back 4 were very good, especially Verm and Gall. And who said Gallas was passed his best, he and Fabs were the best two players on the pitch. My only dissappointment was RVP, he seemed to make to many wrong decisions and seemed a little slow. He could not keep the ball when he recieved it and was put under pressure. His left foot was of queue. Arshavin should have played up top. But a win is a win.

  48. Mexican Gunner
    August 19, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Here in Mexico the press nicknamed Vela: El Bombardero (The Bombardier)

    And Cesc: El Pequeño Arquitecto (The Little Architect)

    Anyway my favorite is Little Mozart to Rosicky.

  49. Hayley
    August 19, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Glad to have the podcast back this week! I’m a lone Gooner (girl) around here so it’s nice to hear people really “talk” about what’s on the down-low. Lovely pictures from the pub as well… I like how everyone looks a bit sleepy.

    Great to see Lady Luck look our way a couple times at Parkhead today!

  50. Anonymous
    August 19, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    that was a perfect confidence booster for diaby to come on the pitch and make a beautiful play that led to the goal.well done boys

  51. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    August 19, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    @ Hayley – Where are you from there?

  52. Hayley
    August 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    @Andy–Birmingham, Alabama, USA!

  53. tonero
    August 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    live in sydney any goner fans?

  54. tonero
    August 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    nice pics btw way lovely chics

  55. Xabier
    August 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Good spine showed by the team! Never looked like we’d concede and we harried and gave as good as we got from Celtic.

    Diaby wasn’t very good though. He looked slow and just as lazy as ever.

  56. Senior Citizen
    August 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Before anything, allow me say I can see God’s beauty in the girls. They are relly beautiful!

    On to the nicknames;
    Rosicky- Rocky boy.
    Gallas – Gallant. Body shape.
    Van Persie – Vi-pi? in kiswahili means so what?
    but you need to get for me one Gal.

  57. Taffie
    August 19, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Please organize me one of those hotties…

    thanks in advance 🙂

  58. solomon
    August 20, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    i believe arsenal schoolboy wil do better wit there skill ilove dem all

  59. Anonymous
    August 20, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    were u watching the game. diaby was on the pitch for 10 minutes and his first play led to our 2nd goal.

  60. ribhu
    January 9, 2010 at 2:39 am #

    arsenal is a good team.

  61. timi
    September 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Arsenal is a good team and I love it so much

  62. timi
    September 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    It’s time now for arsenal to keep the ball rolling beacuse the squad is now getting stronger than before

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