Merry Christmas from the Arsenal FC Blog

Hey guys. There hasn’t been a lot of posting going on lately but I thought I’d quickly pop on today to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

It’s been a great year for the blog and I just want to wish everyone who has read it, commented on it or emailed me with support or suggestions all the best on Christmas Day. I truly thank you for making this blog so much fun.

In terms of football it’s been a pretty dodgy week with the announcement that Cesc Fabregas will be out for four months. Not good and it means a signing or two should be made in the near future.

In the short-term we have a crucial encounter with Aston Villa tomorrow (I can’t promise there will be a blog) and we’ll be without Fabregas and the suspended Emmanuel Adebayor for a game we absolutely need to win. Fingers crossed the boys can do it.

Anyway that’s it really. Once again have a lovely Christmas and holiday period and here’s to three points against Villa.

Cheers.

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26 Responses to “Merry Christmas from the Arsenal FC Blog”

  1. C-Bass
    December 26, 2008 at 1:25 am #

    Three things for me then I’m out.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Great blog SF!

    C’mon you Gunners!

  2. Jay
    December 26, 2008 at 2:22 am #

    Merry Christmas guys, have a good one! And here is hoping my journey to Villa doesnt end in disappoint.

    Take care. See ya at the Villa!!

  3. TayGoon
    December 26, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all. I hope we may have something to celebrate after all is done!

  4. butterfingers
    December 26, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    I hope santa was good to everyone and hopefully he has 3 points still left in his sack for us gooners. Well done spanish this is one of the top blogs out there and defiently the best in oz.

  5. Luxinbrasil
    December 26, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    Feliz Natal gente

    And a bloody prosperous new year for the gunners!!

  6. Watch Football Highlights
    December 26, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    I hope Arsenal gifts us by winning the match tomorrow !

  7. Ice Baba
    December 26, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    SF, when I think of your age and ur wonderful BLOG, I cant but hail the wonderful talent that u re. Thanks for having a brain like u as a GOONER. I know in 2009 when u will be + 1, we all bloggers will have a lot to gain for ur bank of knowledge.
    Merry Xmas to the team and all supporters of the great team.
    AVFC 0 – 1 AFC.

  8. Spanish Fry
    December 26, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Cheers all, hope you had a great Christmas!

  9. Panda Bear
    December 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I hope you have a decent Christmas you penny pinching pig…

  10. SCOPE KNIGHT
    December 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    If wenger plays nasri at the middle and starts eboue on the right we will win

  11. lara
    December 26, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    Belated christmas wishes to you man. i am lara from india and i am a very big fan of fabregas. now its really sad for me for about 4 months because i watching football only of fabregas my man.So please pray for fabragas to recover quick.

  12. jay-jay
    December 26, 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    @ lara – we all want Fabregas back ASAP. But now Denilson, Diaby, Song and Ramsey can really show what they can do. They will have to play really hard and they have a chance in the absence of Cesc. Signings must be made! Merry Xmas to everyone on the blog and 3 points against the Villa coming up 😀

  13. AgentDavis
    December 27, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    From an ice covered Chicago, Illinois HAPPY CHRISTMAS Spanish!

    GET IN YOU GUNNERS!

  14. Hey Nonny Mouse
    December 27, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    Villa fans would have danced a jig when they heard that Cesc was out. I’m hoping the lads can step on their toes today. Merry Christmas Gunners – from NZ.

  15. Fatboy
    December 27, 2008 at 5:18 am #

    Thanks for a a terrific blog Spanish- it’s been a great forum.
    Just watched us lose a 2 goal lead again. It just underlined everything that’s wrong with us this year. Crap defending, wayward passing, naive football in the last 5 mins, Ven Persie missing 2 gilt-edged chances (again). This was a fantastic chance to close the gap on Villa. Having weathered the first half storm and then opened a 2 goal lead, ANY other Arsenal team of the last 20 years would have closed the game out- not this woeful mob. Yet another failure to hold on to a lead. Pathetic!

  16. Demetrio
    December 27, 2008 at 5:19 am #

    Villa are just better. You have to be blind not to see it. The only good spell we had was after the second goal. The whole first half, up until the Denilson goal, was dominated by Villa, and the whole second half, after the Barry pen was dominated by Villa. We are lucky not to have lost. If you look at the trend, the team is going in the wrong direction. Late 90’s, early 2000’s it was between Arsenal and Man U for 1/2 place. Over the last 3-4 years, we have been battling Liverpool for 3/4 place. Now, we are having to Battle Villa for 4/5 place. The team is going backwards and Wenger, with his signings nad players he’s let go has made us worse and worse.

    We were very lucky boys today, we could of easily lost this game if the 3 times Villa hit the post and the one time Sagna cleared it off the line would have went it. But this game sums up our whole season. Our players are not good enough.

  17. ramugunner
    December 27, 2008 at 5:23 am #

    Thumbs up for Bacary Sagna’s performance. He deserved better than a point.
    Gallas was immense before the penalty decision so was Silvestre at Leftback. Silly was much better than Clichy while defending. Overall, it is a fair final result but not great for us. We are still three points off Villa. We rode with our luck in the first half and after going 2-0 up, we should have won the game.

    Almunia lacks confidence and class to play at top level. Was nervous throughout the game. Sagna’s brilliance and goal-post saved the day for Almunia. Felt happy for Denilson and Diaby with their hard-fought goals.

    This Arsenal team will fight for 4th place. There is no way for us to challenge for Premiership. Waiting for BIG BIG Janaury transfer window and star players to come back from injuries. Let’s wish Cap Cesc can make a speedy recovery. Come on Arsenal!!!!

  18. ramugunner
    December 27, 2008 at 5:36 am #

    Can’t disagree with you mate. It’s simply pathetic. Now Arsenal are in Astonvilla/Everton level with overall quality of football. We don’t have required level of quality squad to challenge for big things. Board has been ambitionless and our manager careless. Thus, we are moving backwards.

    After watching two games between us and Villa, I agree that Villa are better organized team than ours. They outplayed us at Emirates and today they came back from 0-2 down. We were very lucky in the first half with Villa strucking the post 3 times and Sagna clearing a certain goal.

    This team needs a serious re-inforcement. Wenger’s experiment should be over now. We must concentrate on being the best again. Come on Arsenal!!

  19. Radads RSA
    December 27, 2008 at 5:52 am #

    Merry Christmas for all gunners fan, very sad to see us again caught draw at last minutes.They deserved it but we played a very good game after deni’s goal.Toure and Eboue made a very big impact.Toure at the full back and Eboue on acceleration thru the wing.I dont think we can win the PL this year, all our hope now will depend on the other teams performance.I cant wait to see Toure, walcott, rosicky. Ade, Dudu,Fab play together again.For Arsenal competing to get 4/5th place agst Villa is absolutly backward.My Gunners dream Line up:
    Sagna-Toure-Gallas-Clichy
    Walcott-Fab-Denilson-Rosicky
    RVP(or-Dudu)-Ade
    When can we see this line up again.I dont personnaly need big name, this is what I want to see.

  20. ramugunner
    December 27, 2008 at 5:53 am #

    Oh dear!!! We are now 11 points off the top and 4 points behind Astonvilla.

    Today. No complains. We were very lucky. Astonvilla outplayed us for 80 minutes of the match in every department.

    For 3rd year out of 4, Arsenal are out of title race before New year. This season we were out of it after we lost to Astonvilla at Emirates. Still some jokers think we will challenge for league and Champions league. Oh dear… With Cesc out for 4 months I will be happy for 4th place. Also, I have zero hopes for Champions league.

    I give up before New year!!!

  21. TayGoon
    December 27, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    Caught few clips of the match from work. I will have to wait and watch it after work, but I am dissappointed by the draw. For the first time in 2 seasons I am conceding that the tittle is out of our hands. We have to hope others mess up to get us back in there. I believe our failures this season is because we have tried to take a more defensive posture than we should have. We need to attack and the lineup today, just several times we failed short on, has been too defensive and that allow other teams to get too close to our goal. Unless we forget about defending first and outscore teams, our resulsts will continue to be poor.

  22. Mexican Gunner
    December 27, 2008 at 6:08 am #

    It was too good to be true!

    Today was our luckiest game of the season. We could lost 5-2.

    Very bad game for Nasri.

    Diaby is the most irregular player, he does something great and then he is completely lost the next 25 minutes and again does something god and get lost for another 25 mins.

    Denilson is good at Cesc´s role and Van Persie is still on fire.

  23. TayGoon
    December 27, 2008 at 7:16 am #

    Maybe the pressure is forcing AW to be defensive. This team is built to attack, not defend. Most of the times we have lost is because AW adopts a more defensive posture. I don’t remember Fulham,( I haven’t watched it yet) but with Stoke, Villa(x2) and S’land, it was the defensive posture that cost us those games. We adopted the same posture with the spuds in the last 20 mins. and it is not helping us. I go for buying players now. Not because I don’t have faith in the current squad, but because it will ease the pressure from fans and the manager and his players can go back to playing as they are meant to.

  24. old timer
    December 27, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    ‘Whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad’. Can Arsenal be any more maddening this season? They manage to add two more players to the injury list, get battered like a cod by Aston-bloody-Villa. Then score two great, totally Arsenal style goals. Start bossing the game then give away a bloody penalty and – in the last minute yet again – let the bastards equalise!!!! Aggggghhhhhhhh!!!

    I am so disappointed – and the travelling Arsenal fans were brilliant – you could hear them out-singing the Villa – they deserved better.

    I just want to add that Bac Sag’s overhead goal line clearance was absolute brilliance. I just don’t know what to make of the rest of the match. Just put me in a straight jacket and lock me in a padded cell.

  25. MoMONEY
    December 27, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    AGbonlahor is a disgrace… First time I have seen him play a whole game and was expecting him to be a lot better. He is nothing but fast. TOok a dive (a really good one at that) to earn the penalty then should have been sent off IMO for the attempted tackle on Diaby…

    Before the goal I was about to come on here and say Diaby is useless but he proved me wrong- brilliant goal.

    I dont understand how the ball always drops at the other team’s feet with us…

    If there is a better RB then Sagna in the world please point him out- epic performance

    I honestly feel like Arsenal disserved more even if they hit the post 3 times… One was a header of a corner, one was lucky by Almunia onto the post. If only RVP had slotted away.

    Cant believe we didnt get the three points tbh but it was the first time in a long while we got to see a little bit of Arsenal football (the second goal and right after it)

    Hopefully some reinforcements are coming…

  26. Radads RSA
    December 27, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    @Ramugunner,I think you are a bit mad Bro!!, first for saying that Toure has been nervous throuout the game.He was the real captain during that game, for me.2nd will never see that line up??? i might be dreaming but I can see this happening except for Fab who will be out for 3-4 mnth.And last, please remember not to ask anyone to writte what you want them to writte again, if you dont understand somebody else’s comment, then just do not give a comment on what they say.Just a comment on what you’ve just said about 6 defenders: that game was one of the best we ever played this season so far.We could see more run and acceleration on attack like the real Arsenal way, and all from Toure and Eboue.Toure was our force at the back line, and Diaby would never run like that if he didnt see Eboue running fast to attack.Deni can do Fab’s job ven if he cannot perform a Fabuluous pass, Walcott will be back.Ofcourse, We all have to admit that title race is over but there’s nothing to loose to get our reputation back by eneding 4th or even 3rd.Toure is back on his form, and our quality will be totaly different when Ade is back, so i dont see any big issue comparing to the way we have performed in the past.We were not really that bad today, like that mate above said: this is the first time we could see our team performing the Arsenal way.. and i also see it that way.

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