Gary Neville

Yes, yes and yes. He was an a-hole of the first order.

And now he’s the freshest, clearest, most sensible and yes, the best voice on the game in the media.

Read this. Excerpt here.

“My chances of making it as a pro footballer at the age of 18 in 2013 would be a lot less than 20 years ago. A talented 18-year-old today has to hope he’s at the right club with the right manager who believes in young players. But it’s become so short-term. The average manager has no time to think about the youth team – let alone create a structure and philosophy at the club. It’s a vicious circle and one that disappoints me about the modern game. I’m a traditionalist and think people should be given time.”


F365: The Arsenal Ticketing Myth– Putting an old jibe to rest

Quite shocked that F365 put this mail up. They often don’t do. — But the tides are turning, Wenger is not interesting news any more, now that there are Moyes and Mourinho and Martinez to bite into. But anyway, here’s the mail, from a certain Jon (Season Ticket holder since 1982) Clapham, London

In reply to TJ (Another Dig at Arsenal), Arsenal Season Ticket renewals were sent out on Monday 20 May, the day after Newcastle were vanquished and Champions League qualification was secured. Obvious reason being the club wouldn’t have been able to charge as much for a Europa League campaign. 

I’m pretty sure that with a waiting list to get on the season ticket waiting list, the club don’t need to make up rumours of player transfers, but hey, why let the truth get in the way of a good story hey TJ ??!

I have renewed my season ticket, at the same price as last season and for £989 I get to watch every home league game and receive 8 cup vouchers for the first 8 Champions League and/or FA Cup games next season. I also received a refund of £37 on last season’s as I didn’t use all 8 cup vouchers. Carling Cup tickets can be purchased on top of this for £10 per game.

So, for £989, I get 27 matches at the Emirates, which works out at £36.62 per game to sit bang on the halfway line, lower tier. Seems fairly reasonable for a season of Champions League football……

The constant abuse Arsenal get for high prices is, in my opinion somewhat unfair and a bit of a bugbear of mine. Yes, you can pay £5,000 for a season ticket, for the razzle dazzle of Club Level, with its marbled toilets, free booze and food, but there are a lot more reasonably priced options and £36 a match as an average is very reasonable. Most clubs season tickets only offer league games, with cup games extra on top, which the media very rarely point out. This is why the season ticket prices comparison tables always look distorted with Arsenal coming out top. Taken on average as to the number of games you get to see, it’s not too bad at all….. Just sayin’

Football Snapshots – week of 2/28 – 3/6

We’ll see. Heartbroken, really.

Chelseyeahhhh! Thank you chavs… the race is on.

Bendtner, maybe? Maybe. Maybe it’s time.

But, but the referee was horrible, he robbed us, didn’t he?

And now? Kenny Dalglish and his men did us a favour. And it’s back to where it was before the week.

Well, no it isn’t strange. No it isn’t strange / After changes upon changes / We are more or less the same.

It’s been that kind of a season. Far from over, much more fun to be had. Let’s show them what we are, Gunners! Let them have a bit of us.

Anti-Arsenal Propaganda

Am not a doom merchant, but click here

Matt Hughes in the Times says about Arsene Wenger:

…after a 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea on November 27, he claimed that Didier Drogba, the match-winner, was overrated and that the runaway leaders would drop so many points as to allow his side back into the title race. Wenger’s views on Drogba still seem like sour grapes…..

Here’s what Wenger said (also check the first comment to the article).

““Drogba is a good player. It’s funny because he doesn’t do a lot, but he’s efficient in what he does. You would be surprised by the number of balls he touched today. Jimmy Greaves was a great player, you still remember him. And Drogba is a great player, nobody can deny that. He’s very efficient.”

Spot the difference?