21 responses

  1. steve slater
    23/12/2016

    Hi Tony

    I’m replying to your post as a West Brom fan, someone who is not Tony Pulis biggest fan and who has, until very recently had a real issue with his footballing style. I’ve never however taken a moral stance over his behaviour so I suppose I was trying to work out the point of your article. Like you, I may view his behaviour as less than acceptable but you’ll be hard pushed to find a football club that does not have an individual whose behaviour ions would regard as wrong. For example, whilst Pulis was not found “guilty” of a misdemeanour (he lost an appeal and was told some hard home truths by the judge), George Graham, the then Arsenal manager, was found guilty in 1995 of accepting bungs (bribes to you and me) and was banned from football for twelve months. I notice you don’t mention this as a contextual point in your article I.e. the object of your article did huge damage to his own personal reputation whereas Graham did untold damage to the reputation and integrity of football. Best regards. Steve

    • Tony Attwood
      24/12/2016

      Steve – a fair point, no I didn’t mention George Graham, although to put our side of things I have before, and I also edit to blog of the Arsenal History Society where we have delved into his case. In fact we have pointed out a number of times that Graham’s crime was indeed worse than just the issue of the bung, but the way the Arsenal team that had twice won the league under him, once going all season only losing once, had sunk to mid-table and was looking to sink further. Worse, although he gave us what was then the unique Cup Double, in that season we scored the least number of goals and conceded the least number of goals, which made for very boring football.

      We have over the years on both sites done a lot on corruption – and I do agree a bit of context might have helped, and that context could go all the way back to the match fixing of Liverpool and Man U in 1915 for which neither side was ever punished…

      So, thank you for reminding me – its a fair point and one I will keep in mind, not least as we are soon to play Palace, and all the connotations and connections of their new man.

  2. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin
    23/12/2016

    In as much as Tony Pulls could be unreasonable as he brings his Baggies team to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Gunners will bake the Baggies to brown colour in the Ems’ oven after molding them 4 times over during the match before the final whistle ending the encounter between the us is blown by the referee.

    Even Tony Pulis knows in the bottom of his heart that this is actually the naked truth he’s going to face at the Ems on Sunday. But despite this odds that’s seemingly looking against him, he has no choise but to bring his Baggies team to the Ems for formality sake so as to evade being sanctioned with a heavy fine and points deductions by the FA.

    All things been equal in the rank & file of the recent playing Gunners 1st team. My starts and bench again for this WBA match are as follows:

    Cech
    Paulista Holding Koscielny Gibbs
    Elneny Xhaka
    Bellerin Ozil Perez
    Sanchez.

    My bench:
    Ospina jenko/Niles Monreal Coquelin Walcott Iwobi Giroud.

    I’ve decided to depart from our starts who lost back to back PL games to start a highly mobile starts that will overrun the Baggies team by 4 quick goals to nil within the first 15 minutes of the match or thereabouts to game over. It’s worth noting to see that I’ve start the mobile Bellerin at right-wing. And I start the better at RB than CB Paulista at rightback. He can adequately wingback attacked too. My changed starts from the last ones in our last games at Everton & Man City are only for this WBA match who I strongly believed will do the job successfully on Sunday. Le Prof could revert to his normal starts again for the would likely be Sam Allardyce’s C Palace team at the Ems. But first, has he agreed with my starts & bench for our WBA match?

  3. Gord
    23/12/2016

    Gabriel Armado de Abreu

  4. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin
    23/12/2016

    In as much as Tony Pulls could be unreasonable as he brings his Baggies team to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Gunners will bake the Baggies to brown colour in the Ems’ oven after molding them 4 times over during the match before the final whistle ending the encounter between us is blown by the officiating referee.

    Even Tony Pulis know in the bottom of his heart that this is actually the naked truth he’s going to face at the Ems on Sunday. But despite this odds that’s seemingly looking against him, he has no choise but to bring his Baggies team to the Ems for formality sake so as to evade being sanctioned with a heavy fine and points deduction by the FA.

    All things being equal in the rank & file of the recent playing Gunners 1st team. My starts and bench again for this WBA match are as follows:

    Cech
    Paulista Holding Koscielny Gibbs
    Elneny Xhaka
    Bellerin Ozil Perez
    Sanchez.

    My bench:
    Ospina jenko/Niles Monreal Coquelin Walcott Iwobi Giroud.

    I’ve decided to depart from our starts who lost back to back PL games. But to start a highly mobile starts that will overrun the Baggies team by 4 quick goals to nil within the first 15 minutes of the match or thereabouts to game over. It’s worth noting to see that I’ve started the mobile Bellerin at right-wing. And I start the better at RB than CB Paulista at rightback. He can adequately wingback attacked too. My changed starts from the last ones in our last games at Everton & Man City are only for this WBA match who I strongly believed will do the job successfully for us on Sunday. Le Prof could later revert to his normal starts again for the would likely be Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace team at the Ems. But first, has he agreed with my starts & bench for our WBA match? I doubt if he would.

  5. Gord
    24/12/2016

    Tony Pulis?

    Apparently Fat Sam is at CPalace. Oh joy!

  6. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    ‘ ….that Pulis had acutally been at his hairdressers when he said he was at the ground.’ What ? Why was he had the hairdressers ?
    Or am I the only one reading more into this than it should , seeing that he is bald and all ?

  7. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    And are the Palace fans pleased with the early fat Christmas turkey they have been served ?

  8. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    Truth in names .

    I was at the junction while waiting for the lights to change, when I saw a woman with a little child. The child was walking a bit faster than the woman and the woman shouted, “Degree! Wait for me!”
    I was so amazed hearing that name. So to satisfy my curiosity, I walked closer to the woman and asked, “Madam , why do you call this child Degree?”
    The woman laughed and said, “I sent her mother to the University and this is what she brought home !”

  9. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    One interesting word in English- OXYMORON –

    An Oxymoron is defined as a phrase in which two words of opposite meanings are brought together….

    Here are some funny oxymorons :

    1) Clearly Misunderstood
    2) Exact Estimate
    3) Small Crowd
    4) Act Naturally
    5) Found Missing
    6) Fully Empty
    7) Pretty Ugly
    8) Seriously Funny
    9) Only Choice
    10) Original Copies
    11) Open Secret
    12) Tragic Comedy
    13) Foolish Wisdom
    14) Liquid Gas

    Mother of all Oxymorons is-

    15) “Happily Married”.

  10. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    16) Arsenal supporters ?
    17) The FA
    18) Fair refereeing
    19) Brilliant politicians
    20) Informative newspapers
    21) Unbiased media
    22) Investigative journalism
    23) Loud mimes

  11. Brickfields Gunners
    24/12/2016

    During the Soviet dictatorship of Stalin, he (Stalin) came to one Politburo meeting with a live chicken. He started to pluck its feathers one by one off.

    The chicken quacked in pain, blood oozing from its pores. It gave out heartbreaking cries but Stalin continued without remorse plucking feather after feather until the chicken was completely naked. After that, he threw the chicken on the ground and from his pockets, took out some chicken feed and started to throw it at the poor creature. It started eating and as he walked away, the chicken followed him and sat at his feet feeding from his hand.

    Stalin then told members of his party leadership “This chicken represents the people, you must disempower them, brutalise them, beat them up and leave them. If you do this and then give them peanuts when they are in that helpless and desperate situation, they will blindly follow you for the rest of their life.They will think you are a hero forever. They will forget that, it is you who brought them to that situation in the first place.”

    Does this sound familiar?

  12. Gord
    24/12/2016

    I don’t know if Fat Sam is a turkey, or a goose.

    another oxymoron, military intelligence

  13. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin
    24/12/2016

    Ironically, the same Joseph Stalin of yesteryears is still ruling Russia today alia in a disguise form through Vladimir Putin. Thus basically remained the same old repressive regime with Russian nationalism being the alibi this time around.

  14. finsbury
    24/12/2016

    Some nuggets from Aunty Bleeb:

    About one of their favourite plundits, one they’ve been supporting in recent months:

    “Joey Barton has been charged with misconduct, with the Football Association claiming the midfielder placed 1,260 bets in the past 10 years.”

    About the completely discredited former England manger who was also previously hounded out by the fans of west ham and Newcastle football clubs:

    “Sam Allardyce: Why Big Sam is right for Crystal Palace”
    This gem in regard to the completely discredited and disgraced former England manger who was also previously hounded out by the fans of west ham and Newcastle football clubs:

    My thoughts and sympathies go out to the Palace fans.
    Just who do the Bleeb think that they are kidding?

    Should any sane being be surprised how or why the Arsenal is attacked with the kind of venal yet stunted attacks from the same “journalists” that excrete the standard of gibberish quoted above?

  15. finsbury
    24/12/2016

    I’ve always seen Biggus Sammus as a masticating and toothless Walrus, though if were looking at birds then there’s always the Dodo.

  16. MickHazel
    24/12/2016

    Am I paranoid or has anyone else noticed how nearly all the managers apart from Arsene are called by their ‘pet’ names in the media, Harry, Big Sam, Poch, AVB, Jose, Fergie, Stevie (Bruce), Moysie, Pep etc etc. When it comes to Arsene though it’s always Wenger, usually said with the appropriate amount of disdain.

  17. colario
    24/12/2016

    MickHazel
    24/12/2016 at 3:34 pm

    That has always been how they refer to Arsene.

  18. Gord
    24/12/2016

    I would suggest that it is obvious that Arsene Wenger is the consummate professional, and should be addressed as “Sir”. And the English press just cannot bring themselves to do so.

  19. steve slater
    25/12/2016

    Hi Tony, I also meant to say in my original response that I actually think Arsenal is a quite outstanding adding club and, among those considered the big 6/7 in the EPL, the only one I would pay money to watch. This is primarily because I feel Wenger’s footballing philosophy is what the game should be all about. I know that Arsenal fans seem to becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of silverware but, when he’s gone, they’ll miss him and what he brought to the club. Be grateful, you could have Pulis’ style of football, although even we are seeing a change in this now. I genuinely hope Arsenal win the league this season….but that we take points off you tomorrow ?

  20. Alex
    25/12/2016

    @ SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    ”Ironically, the same Joseph Stalin of yesteryears is still ruling Russia today alia in a disguise form through Vladimir Putin. Thus basically remained the same old repressive regime with Russian nationalism being the alibi this time around”

    Lol
    i guess you need a strong man like Putin to sort out Nigeria et al

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