Welcome to the GunnersoreArse blog. Being blogged 918.74 kilometers (in a straight line) from the Emirates Stadium.
I had an article practically prepared about gay men and homophobia in football for today, but then I got home last night and saw the results. The magic of the FA Cup lives on, the minnows can still cause upsets and that is what can make the Cup so special. Mourinho in his press conference this week said the quadruple for his team was impossible! Well it is now Jose. Now he is saying his team are a disgrace and he is “ashamed.” Manchester City losing at home to Middlesboro, Spuds losing at home to Leicester, Southampton losing at home to Palace, Swansea losing away to Blackburn and Liverpool and Man Utd only managing goalless draws and needing a second chance. For Gunners all this is great news. Some of the EPL teams going out can only increase our chance of progressing to the Final for a second season.
So today we have a day trip to Brighton. All Wenger has to say in his team talk is, “Just look at yesterdays results”. That should do the trick, but then again, if you believe what the papers are saying, the team will be giving the team talk and Wenger will be listening. Yesterdays cupsets will be a warning sign, in big red letters it says, “don’t take these lower league teams lightly.” And I’m sure that message will be heard. Get a result today and the next round has some good possibilities to progress all the way. Here is how Monday nights draw looks at the moment:
1. Crystal Palace
2. Cambridge United or Manchester United
3. Blackburn Rovers
4. Bradford City
5. Derby County
6. Preston North End or Sheffield United
7. West Bromwich Albion
8. Aston Villa or AFC Bournemouth
10. Liverpool or Bolton Wanderers
11. Leicester City
12. Brighton & Hove Albion or Arsenal
13. Rochdale or Stoke City
14. Sunderland or Fulham
15. Bristol City or West Ham United
There will be a bit of rotation for today’s game I’m sure, but I’m hoping not too much. Sanchez may get a rest on the bench but apart from that, I don’t envisage too much change from the team which won at the Etihad last weekend. The momentum from the City game needs to be capitalised upon. Why change a winning formula. Brighton (and Hove actually) will not be a push over.
And below is the image of the day, Brendon Rodgers greeting Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the game yesterday. “I love you very much Neil, but don’t think you can fuck me today.”
And so onto a bit of Arsenal Transfer porn. Villareal have confirmed that Paulista is coming to the Emirates, with Campbell going the other way on loan. Wenger has said the only thing stopping the move would be the work permit for the Brazilian. I hope we get him, from the small amount of U tube footage I’ve seen, he looks ideal as back up for either Kos or the BFG. Apparently he can also play RB and LB, so a versatile player indeed.
He’s not a pretty boy, in fact he makes Martin Keown look like an Adonis playboy. But whoever said looks make a good player. We already have our playboy in Olivier Giroud, one is enough don’t you think. Which leads me to a matchday question.
Surveys have suggested that 1 in 10 men are gay, so take a look at our starting eleven and the logic suggests that 1.1% of the team is a shirtlifter. From your observations, who would you suggest is our 10 percenter? My money would go on Theo, I know he is married, and his missus is a cracker, but for me there is something about him which just screams, bum invader.
So, despite going off today for a week in the Cevennes with a friend, I’ve managed to get my Sunday supplement done. Still not sure if I’ll have internet at the house, so I could be MIA for a few days. I may also miss the game today because we will be travelling between 5pm – 7pm. Don’t let that stop you leaving comments or Rack of the Days. Have fun my merry sore arses, and enjoy the game where ever you are. COYG’s.
Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo, I won’t be driving today so can carry on as normal. Until the next time.
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