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  1. Brickfields Gunners

    Nice one , Walter . I didn’t know that you would be attending the match. Must have missed it , as was busy with some work and the flu , and am yet to catch up quite a few articles this past week.

    If I had known that you were attending , I would have been more calmer than usual in the knowledge that the score would definitely be 3-1 ! Especially without the calming effects any wine too !

    Any chance of going back this weekend ?

  2. Mandy Dodd

    Decent performance by the team….what has happened to Oliver…well,guess we know that.
    Arsenal not have 3 red cards in the league this season….physical teams like Chelsea, Spurs, west brom and palace have none.
    Have a feeling our new Bosnian left sided defender is going to have to…get used….to the refs next season

  3. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Hmmm. From the aforesaid, it looks like BFG is back to full match fitness after a long layoff. But will Le Prof start him against Chelsea in the Cup final? Will any of the individual and combined pace of Willian, Hazard, Costa, Moses, Pedro, Alonso and even Bathuaye not be too strong for the lack of pace Mertesacker to deal with successfully? Oh dear! Koscielny is suspended for this Cup final and even for 2 Arsenal opening 2 PL matches next season according to the FA disciplinary ruling. With Paulista out for the Cup final and Middleborough season campaign over, is Chambers eligible to play in this final? NO! I supose despite being a Gunner he won’t I should believe because Arsenal didn’t have him on their official 25 man team list registered with the FA for the second half of the just concluded season campaign. As an eye opener, would it be allowed by the FA to have a player on the official 25 man team list registered with them then loan him out if the club wants to do that? Okay, let’s forget about all that my side thought talks and take a look on how many CBs apart of Mert’ Arsenal have available for Chelsea. Holding, Monreal(adopted) Hmmm. Assuming Mustafi won’t be available, so, my Arsenal 3 man defense-line to play Chelsea are: Holding Monreal Gibbs. That’s okay if Gibbs will be serious. But Le Prof’s own may look like: Holding BFG Monreal. Danger in the center? Well it may look so on paper but turnout not to be the case at the end.

  4. Norman14


    Oliver has been nobbled, that’s for sure. With Clattenburg gone, we now have the following number of decent, unbiased, referees in PGMOL:

    PGMOL’s Sky plant, Dermott Gallagher, didn’t even mention the fouls committed on our players, but suggested that Gabriel could have seen red as well.

    The FA have got away with it again, let off by a “Weak and Wobbly” government and a “bought” media.

  5. Norman14


    The reason Chambers can’t play for us is because he is “cup-tied” having playing in earlier rounds for Middlesbrough.

    A player can only play in the FA Cup for ONE team per season.

    • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

      Okay. Thank you for this shared information

  6. nicky

    No report on your encounter with food so a black mark there.
    Hope the fragrant Carine enjoyed the trip and her health is improving by every Arsenal match she attends. 😉

  7. WalterBroeckx

    Brickfields….well…. er…. in fact… I will be in Wembley next Saturday!

  8. WalterBroeckx

    Nicky, it was a 3 day trip we took so lots of food to digest 😉 If I get the time will write about it. But I am already preparing myself for the Cup final trip….

  9. bjtgooner

    A good write up Walter.

    Thought Oliver was dreadful – but as usual he was protected by the biased media.

    The team played really well, 10 against 12 (11 orcs and a bandit in black!)

  10. Goonermikey

    A good write up. I agree totally about the sending off and in line with your view, received a text from a Liverpool fan during the game who expressed great relief that they did not suffer from a legitimate sending off and a penalty too.

    Just because we’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us………………

  11. Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks Walter , great news , so I’ll go for another 3-1?

  12. Brickfields Gunners

    Before some **** comes on and it’ll only happen if hell freezes over… here is an interesting true story .


    The following is anactual questiongiven on a  University of Arizona chemistry mid-term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.  


    The answer by this student was so profound that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well : 


    Bonus Question:

    Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? 


    Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.


     One student, however, wrote the following: 


    First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.

    Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

    Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions, and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.


    This gives two possibilities: 

    1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 


    2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.


    So which is it? 


    If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that ‘It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,’ and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus, I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.


    The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is,therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting ‘Oh my God.’  


  13. Brickfields Gunners

    Am very sure Gord will have another alternate but interesting argument .
    The floor is yours my friend!

  14. Brickfields Gunners

    And speaking of heaven and hell…

    A journalist goes to @#$%&*-+ for a documentary. In a little village he saw an old man and asked him to narrate a typical happy story of his village.
    The old man smiled and began:”One day, a long time ago, my goat got lost in the mountains. As is our tradition, all the men of the village gathered to drink vodka first and then looked for the goat. When we finally found her, as is our tradition, we all drank some more vodka and all the men in the village each got their turn to mate with the goat. We had so much fun that day!”
    The journalist realized that he couldn’t publish such a story so he asked the old man if he had another happy story.
    The old man smiled again and started all over again: “Once, my neighbor’s wife got lost in the mountains. As per our tradition, all of the village’s men gathered to drink vodka and then went to look for her. As is our tradition, when we finally found her, all the men in the village got their turn to mate with the neighbor’s wife. We had great fun that day!”
    The journalist couldn’t publish that story either and therefore asked: “Don’t you have a story that is less happy; something… umm … sadder?”
    The old man’s smile faded. His eyes welled up….. In a sad, soft voice he began: “One day I got lost in the mountains…..

  15. Menace

    Thanks Walter – great report. I will be at Wembley too but I am dreading the cheating bastard with the whistle. Please may they (PGMOL) all get upset stomachs & be forced out of the match.

    Some of the officiating in the under 20 World Cup is exemplary & should be seen as an education for officiating.

  16. Brickfields Gunners

    @ Menace – I am hoping that the Berk in black gets’ lost up in the mountains ‘ , like the tale above , but everybody else have fun and fond memories !
    Oh , also included in my getting lost wish is the Chelski team , owner and fans too!
    What ? It does takes an entire village !

  17. Gord

    Apparently, Wembley is not as English as I thought it might be:


    > According to recent UK census data, more than two-thirds of Wembley’s population is Asian — of which nearly half is Indian — so it’s no surprise that it has a large number of Indian restaurants and food shops. Mostly located around Ealing Road and the High Road, many are modest, family-run Gujarati and south Indian vegetarian places, but there are several north Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants, too.

    And the article goes on to talk about many places for food.

    But Walter is a sausage person. Apparently chicken is the meat of most Indian sausage. And Walter has mentioned sausages before that have curry in them. I think India should know a little about curry. 🙂

    I guess the word for sausage is keema, and that for a meal with sausage is chaat. I am not seeing keema or chaat mentioned alongside any places in the Wembley area. Perhaps some Untolders can fill in?

    I see someone at Arsenal.com has realised that Wneger was spelled incorrectly. 🙂

  18. Menace

    Gord – kheema is mince & chaat is basically a savoury mix starter. Chaat is usually slightly sour & pungent to excite the taste buds. Tamarind & Yoghurt (soured milk) are added to chaat to ease the palate without filling the tum.

    Kebabs can be sausage shaped, but generally sausages are only pork based. The Goan sausage or chorisao is based on the Portuguese choris but is a lot spicier. It is an acquired taste as the spice can overcome a palate that is not accustomed.

  19. Gord

    Thanks Menace.

    Are there any places in the Wembley area that Walter could visit?

    Bad news on Zelalem. It appears he has damaged his cruciate ligament in play for the USA, and may be out 9 months. No news at Arsenal.com yet, so this could be BS.

    There was a blurb about Mustafi being questionable for final, what a mess. I wonder if Giroud, Ospina (others?) have played centre back? 🙂

  20. Leon

    ‘There was a blurb about Mustafi being questionable for final, what a mess. I wonder if Giroud, Ospina (others?) have played centre back? ?’
    I know you’re joking, but the way that we are losing defenders it might even come to playing forwards, mids etc out of position.

  21. Norman14

    Joking apart, is the Mustafi “sickness” a bit more than we are led to believe? “Sickness” after concussion means what??

    I think it’s time our players, who have been let down by PGMOL, most notably Hector and Mustafi, and severely injured as a result, should look at legal action.

    Lack of “Duty of Care” for player safety would be a start!

  22. Pat

    Interesting that you highlighted Per in your report, Walter. It has occurred to me more than once that we could have missed Per’s calmness and maturity at crucial points this season. It shows how much individual players can contribute, and be missed.

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