Suburban Gooners

  • Edouard and exits: Project Arteta needs to properly kick start this summer
    Morning folks and welcome to the middle of a non-Arsenal playing midweek. Isn’t it just fascinating to see what unfolds in the media when there isn’t some kind of mini crisis that is going on at The Arsenal, eh? After an impressive win against a team who are in the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-03-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 day ago
  • Will Martinelli go the way of Maitland-Niles at Arsenal?
    Morning folks and welcome to Tuesday. Ahh, a full week in which Arteta can prep his team for Burnley, in which we can still feel the positive vibes from the win against Leicester, a week in which the grumpiness and vitriol online should be kept to a minimum. Or at ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-03-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Arsenal building momentum with impressive win at Leicester
    I so much more enjoy writing a post match review after a victory. Monday mornings become so much more palatable! So it is that we all get to start this working week with the sweet smell of victory metaphorically permeating our nostrils this morning, having gone to Leicester and delivered ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-03-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Vardy’s already put Arsenal one down before we’ve started
    Before I talk about the game Arsenal are playing today, can I just take this opportunity once again to bemoan the absolute travesty that is the state of refereeing in the Premier League right now. Yesterday’s game between West Brom and Brighton involved an incident in which a referee – ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • The tedium of another Olympiakos fixture for Arsenal
    Happy Saturday folks. I don’t know what it is that meant that I couldn’t sleep first thing this morning, but I find myself up at 6.30am on a Saturday, and I can tell you I do not like that one bit. I think  I must have had plenty on my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • Saka the saviour as Auba and Arsenal profit from our talented wonderkid
    Oh Arsenal, you do make me age, quite significantly I can tell you. With just over an hour gone I had come to the grim acceptance that our season was effectively over before March had even begun. We were down 2-1 to Benfica, 3-2 on aggregate, needing another two goals ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Benfica at “home” – the first goal sets the tone of the game
    So here we are folks. This will either be the latest in a number of important match days for Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal team this season, or it will be the last meaningful match day for Arsenal, as we take on Olympiak……sorry….Benfica….in Athens to progress to the next stage ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • All eggs in Europa: Tomorrow night is season defining for The Arsenal
    Ok I’m going to just go ahead and say it this morning: Anyone else have some slight regrets over the departure of Olivier Giroud? After he exited in that January window we signed Aubameyang. I don’t think there was a single Arsenal fan who thought we now didn’t have an ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Normal football is on the horizon again!
    Today feels like it should be a good day. I’ve woken up to the sun shining here in London, birds tweeting, as well as a bit more of a clearer indication as to when some normality returns to life again in England. Yesterday the Prime Minister made his statement about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal’s defeat to City: walking in No Man’s Land
    I’m struggling to properly put my feelings in to proper context this morning, with regards to yesterday’s defeat to Man City at home, because I have a mixture of disappointment and acceptance of what we all watched. When I write about Arsenal in a post match review of what went ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Can Arsenal lay a glove on Man City?
    We had ourselves a video update from the manager yesterday ahead of the home game against Man City on Sunday and, as expected, Mikel Arteta was more than happy to wax lyrical about the team he was coach at just over a year ago. Of course all the way ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Frustration in Rome for Arsenal
    Before this game began I looked at Benfica, looked at some of the players they had – the likes of Ottamendi and Verthongen as well as Rafa and Everton – and I was bemoaning our bad luck in drawing quite a high profile team in the first knockout round ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Benfica: Arsenal must emphasize attack in first leg and away goals
    Morning folks and welcome to match day Thursday, with the Europa League in our sights, as a trip to Benfica on the horizon. Well, I say ‘trip to Benfica’, but what I actually mean is ‘neutral venue as part of two legs. Because As I bemoaned yesterday, the farce that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • UEFA preserve no ‘integrity of the competition’ in Arsenal’s case
    I didn’t watch any Champions League football last night, but I have seen the gifts that Liverpool were so generously offered by RB Leipzig last night, as well as the borderline free handout that the referee tried to leg up on Barcelona in their game against PSG. Honestly, when you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rotation, rotation, rotation – some thoughts on Arsenal in the next 10 days
    Nothing like a bit of intermittent internet problems to start off ones day, eh? It’s amazing how reliant we are on these little black/white boxes that pump invisible connectivity to all parts of our houses and when that goes temporarily we feel lost and bereft. So it’s a bit ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s creativity and end product see off Leeds
    It is funny how the end result often makes such a dramatic impact on how you feel about a game. Because when the final whistle went I felt relief at fact we’d managed to hold on. Having been in the ground on that infamous day at St James’ Park in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Make better attacking decisions against Leeds today, Arsenal
    I don’t know whether or not it is because I have the rest of my Sunday ahead of me and therefore plenty of other things to occupy me ahead of the game at 4.30pm later this afternoon, or that I have a stinking hangover and therefore my thought priorities are ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Momentum, injuries and Balogun – a few Arteta press conference thoughts
    Morning folks, hope you’re all good, albeit rather chilly if you’re in the UK like I am. My soft desk-jockey exterior wasn’t cut out for anything other than mild incremental weather and so the fact that it is in the minus here in London isn’t exactly conducive to me being ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal and injuries: we can’t have nice things
    Ahh balls. Big sh*tty balls. Thomas Partey has a hamstring strain. Are we not allowed nice things? Is that what it is? Isn’t it the most Arsenal thing ever to sign a player with no history of injury (I sent the link around of his record on Transfermarkt record after ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s summer reboot without European football could be a good thing
    Another Thursday rolls around. I swear it is like the weeks are blurring into one right now, doesn’t it? I don’t want to wish my life away but I’m kind of at the stage of wishing this season would just blur away to nothing, given how it’s gone for us, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • A defining two weeks for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal
    Howdy howdy party people and here we are at Wednesday. Just a few more days until the weekend but we have to wait until Sunday for the 4.30pm kick off before we play our match against Leeds. Man that feels like a long way away. Having been playing every few ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Saliba situation could spell more work for Arsenal in the summer
    Happy Tuesday folks. Well, as happy as it can be when you’re locked away at home under lockdown, or a variant of depending on where you live, with Arsenal also losing games adding to the general malaise. And drama. Let’s not forget drama, because it doesn’t seem to be a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Referees old clowns network has to go
    I didn’t blog yesterday on account of a bit of a stinking hangover, but also I didn’t really have much motivation after that disappointing performance against Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime. I did however put the football on whilst I was cooking yesterday, so was able to see Liverpool get ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal have bench options, but they must contain Grealish and the counter
    It’s match day people! How we feeling? Excited? Nervous? Terrified? I must admit to you that I have a nervous excitement about today. The Wolves game may have repeated on me like a bit of dodgy cucumber, but that first half felt good, like it could be the start of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Luiz, Tierney and Arsenal controlling themselves
    Morning all. It’s Friday and I’m still irked about what happened on Tuesday night. What about you? I suppose some of that also has to do with the fact that yesterday early evening the FA released a statement to say that David Luiz’s appeal for his red card was ignored. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • A referees league table with relegation/promotion; bringing back some accountability
    Still pretty frustrated about the way that Wolves game panned out on Tuesday, I have to tell you. It was clearly a contentious point that split most people in football but whilst the fault lines seem to be that every other pundit and ex-referee (most of them, anyway) were coming ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal shafted by refereeing once again against Wolves
    I have woken up this morning and I am still mad about the result last night. There were certainly things in which we could have done more to avoid the defeat to Wolves at Molineux last night, but I am finding it almost impossible not to think about this game ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Can Arsenal contain Wolves’ threat out wide?
    Wellety, wellety, wellety, if there hasn’t been one heck of a clear out at Arsenal this January, eh? I know there are a fair few loan deals that went out the door this January, which means we still have some futures to sort in the summer, but given where we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2021-02-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago