2014/15 Season: Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

Sunderland were looking to bounce back after the 8-0 hammering by Southampton the week before, playing Arsenal was never going to be an easy task for the black cats. Arsenal could claim to be missing a massive nine first team players, but the starting line up was still very strong especially with Alexis Sanchez leading the line for the gunners.

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Transfer: Cesc to Barca

The longest drawn out transfer ever? Well possibly. I think everyone (but Arsenal fans) are happy that this has eventually been sorted out as it has been going on for what feels like years now. With all the speculation and talk about it. The main thing that annoys me about it all is why did Cesc leave in the first place if he wanted to go back so much in the end? Just doesn’t make much sense to me.

He had the medical, signed a 5-year contract and was unveiled yesterday in front of 30,000 Barca fans. But annoyed Arsenal fans one last time by kissing the badge during the unveiling.

The main thing to watch now is when exactly Fabregas will be able to break into the Barca team and how many games he will actually play this season. We all know how good the midfield is! Arsenal in the mean time have their Champions League qualifier tonight!

Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

After last seasons thrilling 4-4 draw and the greatest comeback in Premier League history, this game was bound to be a disappointment. Chosen for ESPN TV coverage making our opening day of the season a 5:30pm kick off. Possibly a reason the edge was taken off the game? Well it is never the same when a game does not kick off at 3pm on a Saturday, just a totally different edge surrounding the game.

However, opening game of the season and I was excited and very optimistic. Until of course the first 20 minutes of the game when even in that early stage it looked like both teams were happy playing for a draw. Both clubs in slight turmoil with more players leaving than any hope of players coming back in. Nevertheless the fans turned up to support them, plenty of away support for Arsenal.

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2010/11 Season Review

First season back into Premier League (where we belong, I must add) and obviously at the start of the season we were very much tipped to go straight back down. We did not really make many signings or at least proven in the Premiership players. We brought in James Perch who became quite the scapegoat amongst the fans. Dan Gosling on a free transfer, but would be out until at least Christmas due to injury. Sol Campbell who was already clearly past his best, and would just cost us money. But then an exciting new player would be signed on loan (but then permanent in January) Hatem Ben Arfa who looked fantastic but suffered a horrible injury when he had his leg broken after a Nigel de Jong tackle. So those being the new players brought in not really much was placed on them. We had to rely on the team who done so well making the Championship look easy the year before. Not forgetting of course our signing and possibly player of the season Cheik Tiote.

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The Ryan Shawcross Debate

Other than Bridge/Terry the main talking point in football over the weekend has been Ryan Shawcross’ challenge which left Arsenal midfielder with a broken leg.

Now I am on the side that it wasn’t actually that bad of a challenge, it was just a very hard challenge and Shawcross was fully focused on winning the ball as was Ramsey. Totally 50-50 only problem was the angle in which Shawcross hit Ramsey who had his leg firmly in the ground.

Today in The Times one of the reporters even stated he didn’t think it was a red card just a yellow and I kinda agree with that. Although Shawcross probably couldn’t have played on for his state of mind anyway. As you saw him leave the pitch he was crying and so obviously very upset with what had happened.

It should have been a very good weekend for Shawcross who is in the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Egypt. It will be interesting to see how he plays if he is selected to go on at some point.

Watch this space!!!

What did you make of the tackle?