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Post #506921  Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm 
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As long as it is nowhere’s near our club and the clusterf. he left behind.

Well said Gaz. Fully agree.

I'll third that. £90m wasted that we could be using now. Merci Arsene.

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Well said Gaz. Fully agree.

I'll third that. £90m wasted that we could be using now. Merci Arsene.

Hope all goes well with your trip to Baku by the way Bern.

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I'll third that. £90m wasted that we could be using now. Merci Arsene.

Hope all goes well with your trip to Baku by the way Bern.

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Bernard - I wish you a safe & enjoyable trip. Bring that trophy home

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Bit late for that, surely? Estimates I've seen for Arsenal fans going range from 3k to 4.8k. Whatever the true figure is, thousands of us have spent upwards of a grand on tickets, a visa, and travel. I would be majorly peed off if Arsenal now pulled out the game, and I'm sure we all would.

What should happen is an independent investigation on UEFA's decision to choose such an unsuitable venue for the final. Because I'd be amazed if Sepp Blatter type bungs hadn't come into the equation.

Won't happen either way in support of Mkhitaryan, let alone late switch of venue to Wembley. Traveling fans to Baku won't be reimbursed for their troubles either. All in all, not worth incurring sanctions, bans from comps, fines.
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Enjoy your trip to Baku Bern.

Thanks, and to everyone who has (or will) send similar posts.

Hope it's a memorable trip Bernard :58big-emoticons:


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Callum chambers voted Fulham’s player of the season

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Some rumours tonight that leeds are going to be bought by PSG’s owners. Even richer that Man City’s owners. Bonkers.

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But I have always thought he was another player who is too slow. His turn is able to be easily shut down plus he can’t move box to box fast enough. We already have a number of those players. He played 31 games for Fulham for 2 goals and not one assist. He is now 24 and cost us a lot of money plus I expect he earns silly money for someone who can’t play in his proper position. The only reason to keep him is for the number of British players we need on our books.

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Some rumours tonight that leeds are going to be bought by PSG’s owners. Even richer that Man City’s owners. Bonkers.


Meanwhile we're stuck with the wiggy b*stard who wont invest a penny and doesn't really care.. just shows there is no reward for 'behaving properly'. If it happens they'll be in the PL soon and probably breathing down our necks.

Football really is a joke these days - we've got two teams who between them haven't won a title in about 85 years contesting a 'champions league' final, and middle eastern states using football to white-wash their image.

What a load of b*llocks, glad I stopped wasting my time going to games etc. as it is just a f*cking pantomime these days.

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Some rumours tonight that leeds are going to be bought by PSG’s owners. Even richer that Man City’s owners. Bonkers.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football ... stments/?u

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On this day in 1989. I obviously wasn't there but feel I was there in spirit. Every time I watch it, I'm nervous Thomas won't score. Crazy, I know.


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I'll cry far longer than a week. :1cry:

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Perish the thought they do win, but if so, I never, ever considered that within 15 years of the Invincibles, I'd see Chelsea and Spurs win a CL before we do.

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Kante is meant to be ruled out of the cup final. Loftus-cheek is also out.


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Perish the thought they do win, but if so, I never, ever considered that within 15 years of the Invincibles, I'd see Chelsea and Spurs win a CL before we do.
Though for my generation it was inconceivable that Spurs never won the European Cup, nor more than one league title. Their great side of the early 60s may well have won the big-eared jug if the competition had allowed four entrants as it does these days. Back then only the league champions were eligible. In 1962 they got to the European Cup semis, while we were vin ordinaire.
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Kante is meant to be ruled out of the cup final. Loftus-cheek is also out.

So no one has mentioned the elephant in the room. Giroud 13 games 10 goals and 3-4 assists in Europa this season. When you talk about undervalues when we sell players this was another classic. I know we had to make the Aubameyang deal happen but we got about half his value for Giroud. IMO it meant that the Aubameyang cost us another 15mil. I just wish we could have pushed them Wellbeck at the time instead of Giroud.

I just hope whoever we buy this offseason we do some due diligence on their injury history. We definitely can't afford another Suarez, Diaby, Wellbeck or Ramsay.

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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

What I didn't know was that they got to the semis of the EC. I took a look at the bracket from this site
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961%E2%8 ... ropean_Cup

and they lost to eventual champions Benfica, who seem on another level. When you beat the Real Madrid of the '60s 5-3 in a final, you are very good.

What was it like as an Arsenal fan in those days (assuming you remember those days)? Must have been depressing, especially since we weren't good for a while.

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I predict if Ashley sells Newcastle to this bloke they will get a lot of overseas sponsorship and be easily able to outbid us for any players. If it comes true we should start being concerned about our lack of investment in the club.

https://www.givemesport.com/1478486-mik ... utoplay=on

IMO it is not good enough to say that we are self sustaining. You need to look at how the value of the club has improved. Most good corporations carry 20% debt level.
As the value of the club went up the owner should have been investing. Instead he has invested nothing in the club but the value has gone thru the roof. I don't buy the self sustaining BS.

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I don't buy the self sustaining BS.

I agree with you on this. I've said a few times, the self-sustaining strategy is used by the Kroenke regime to justify Stan, himself a multi-billionaire many times over, not putting a single cent or penny of his own money into the club.

My heart sank when I saw Josh say words to the effect of how much he respects the club's traditions, which I took to mean the self-sustaining strategy. Hence I don't expect anything to change when Stan kicks the bucket.


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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

What I didn't know was that they got to the semis of the EC. I took a look at the bracket from this site
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961%E2%8 ... ropean_Cup

and they lost to eventual champions Benfica, who seem on another level. When you beat the Real Madrid of the '60s 5-3 in a final, you are very good.

What was it like as an Arsenal fan in those days (assuming you remember those days)? Must have been depressing, especially since we weren't good for a while.
Hi AG - it was the early 50s Spurs side under Arthur Rowe that played 'push and run' which was a very attractive 'one-two' style. Good enough to win the First Division, as it was known then. A decade later, under Bill Nicholson, who had been in Rowe's team, Spurs had a perfect combination of players and were a great side. I can't remember being depressed at all by football in those days - it was just sport and not a matter of life and death. One regret though was the way Arsenal missed out on three of Tottenham's finest men - Blanchflower, Jones and Mackay - all of whom we decided not to buy. We were tight around the pound note in that era while other clubs spent big.

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Gaz from Oz wrote:
I predict if Ashley sells Newcastle to this bloke they will get a lot of overseas sponsorship and be easily able to outbid us for any players. If it comes true we should start being concerned about our lack of investment in the club.

https://www.givemesport.com/1478486-mik ... utoplay=on

IMO it is not good enough to say that we are self sustaining. You need to look at how the value of the club has improved. Most good corporations carry 20% debt level.
As the value of the club went up the owner should have been investing. Instead he has invested nothing in the club but the value has gone thru the roof. I don't buy the self sustaining BS.


Haha thats all we need, Qatar and more UAE money coming into the league, while we get shifted further and further down the pecking order, the self-sustaining thing was always a positive PR spin term for KSE not investing any money, anyone who thought otherwise was lets just say 'naive'.

Lets just hope the PL spending rules and UEFA's toothless FFP stop these billionaires from doping their clubs too much otherwise we will be firmly midtable within the next 4-5 years.

I do wonder how ST sales will go if we fail to get in the CL, must be getting to the point now where there is no (somewhat mythical) waiting list.

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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

What I didn't know was that they got to the semis of the EC. I took a look at the bracket from this site
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961%E2%8 ... ropean_Cup

and they lost to eventual champions Benfica, who seem on another level. When you beat the Real Madrid of the '60s 5-3 in a final, you are very good.

What was it like as an Arsenal fan in those days (assuming you remember those days)? Must have been depressing, especially since we weren't good for a while.
Hi AG - it was the early 50s Spurs side under Arthur Rowe that played 'push and run' which was a very attractive 'one-two' style. Good enough to win the First Division, as it was known then. A decade later, under Bill Nicholson, who had been in Rowe's team, Spurs had a perfect combination of players and were a great side. I can't remember being depressed at all by football in those days - it was just sport and not a matter of life and death. One regret though was the way Arsenal missed out on three of Tottenham's finest men - Blanchflower, Jones and Mackay - all of whom we decided not to buy. We were tight around the pound note in that era while other clubs spent big.

I suppose we were self sustaining model 101

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I predict if Ashley sells Newcastle to this bloke they will get a lot of overseas sponsorship and be easily able to outbid us for any players. If it comes true we should start being concerned about our lack of investment in the club.

https://www.givemesport.com/1478486-mik ... utoplay=on

IMO it is not good enough to say that we are self sustaining. You need to look at how the value of the club has improved. Most good corporations carry 20% debt level.
As the value of the club went up the owner should have been investing. Instead he has invested nothing in the club but the value has gone thru the roof. I don't buy the self sustaining BS.


Haha thats all we need, Qatar and more UAE money coming into the league, while we get shifted further and further down the pecking order, the self-sustaining thing was always a positive PR spin term for KSE not investing any money, anyone who thought otherwise was lets just say 'naive'.

Lets just hope the PL spending rules and UEFA's toothless FFP stop these billionaires from doping their clubs too much otherwise we will be firmly midtable within the next 4-5 years.

I do wonder how ST sales will go if we fail to get in the CL, must be getting to the point now where there is no (somewhat mythical) waiting list.

On one of the podcasts they were saying that after a visit to the US by our top boys they came back with no idea whether we would increase the transfer budget even if we got CL. Kroenkes would not commit. I trust these pricks as much as I trust politicians. Arthur Daley looks like an honest person compared to them.

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Kante is meant to be ruled out of the cup final. Loftus-cheek is also out.

So no one has mentioned the elephant in the room. Giroud 13 games 10 goals and 3-4 assists in Europa this season. When you talk about undervalues when we sell players this was another classic. I know we had to make the Aubameyang deal happen but we got about half his value for Giroud. IMO it meant that the Aubameyang cost us another 15mil. I just wish we could have pushed them Wellbeck at the time instead of Giroud.

I just hope whoever we buy this offseason we do some due diligence on their injury history. We definitely can't afford another Suarez, Diaby, Wellbeck or Ramsay.

This problem is, as far as I know Ramsey, diaby and Suarez hadn’t had any sort of injury history when we signed them. Ramsey signed as a 17 year old didn’t he.
The high profile players I can remember us signing with injury histories, overmars and Kanu turned out ok.
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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

Decided to check in here on a whim to see what the general mood was before such a strange week. Nice to see Dad is still mentioned and that Old Man of Hoy remains the forum's resident historian.

By Wednesday night Arsenal could be facing another season out of the European Cup. By Saturday night Tottenham might be champions of that very same competition. I can safely say Dad's pessimism would have gone into overdrive this week. There would be no "might" or "could" about these two finals though. In his mind Emery would be sullenly taking off his runners up medal. Harry Kane and Dele Alli would already be revelling in the sort of lap of honour the likes of Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires somehow never managed.

As a Liverpool fan, this is not an enjoyable build up in the slightest. However confident I am in the club's general direction, a craving remains for a defining success after so many near misses. That Tottenham of all teams could deny such a moment is going to make this an agonisingly long week. There's an "anyone but Liverpool" sentiment amongst a lot of fans that (often correctly) predicts an unbearable few years of gloating in the wake of any success. I assure you there aren't enough ex-Liverpool pundits in the world to compete with the racket that will be made if Spurs win on Saturday though. They have all the posterboys of Southgate's PR-friendly national team, they can do no wrong. You won't be able to escape the media adulation if the unthinkable happens.

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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

Decided to check in here on a whim to see what the general mood was before such a strange week. Nice to see Dad is still mentioned and that Old Man of Hoy remains the forum's resident historian.

By Wednesday night Arsenal could be facing another season out of the European Cup. By Saturday night Tottenham might be champions of that very same competition. I can safely say Dad's pessimism would have gone into overdrive this week. There would be no "might" or "could" about these two finals though. In his mind Emery would be sullenly taking off his runners up medal. Harry Kane and Dele Alli would already be revelling in the sort of lap of honour the likes of Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires somehow never managed.

As a Liverpool fan, this is not an enjoyable build up in the slightest. However confident I am in the club's general direction, a craving remains for a defining success after so many near misses. That Tottenham of all teams could deny such a moment is going to make this an agonisingly long week. There's an "anyone but Liverpool" sentiment amongst a lot of fans that (often correctly) predicts an unbearable few years of gloating in the wake of any success. I assure you there aren't enough ex-Liverpool pundits in the world to compete with the racket that will be made if Spurs win on Saturday though. They have all the posterboys of Southgate's PR-friendly national team, they can do no wrong. You won't be able to escape the media adulation if the unthinkable happens.

(If you hadn't already guessed, pessimism is inherited)


:58big-emoticons: nice post.

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Hello Jonathan, your dad will always be here in spirit. I would also say that had your Liverpool won the league, it would be a media frenzy as well. The CL final and the Europa Cup could be a very, very bad year for us Arsenal fans.

By the way, how did you escape being an Arsenal fan with your father being a fan? I hear that its almost hereditary that sons must support their father's side.

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Back then pretty much all English clubs were self-sustaining, in that they relied on gate money to exist. A few clubs had sizeable business backers - Everton for instance - or generous Directors, but basically the paying fans were the decisive factor. Unlike today, where broadcasting and laundered money are king.

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Jonathan wrote:
Decided to check in here on a whim to see what the general mood was before such a strange week. Nice to see Dad is still mentioned and that Old Man of Hoy remains the forum's resident historian... As a Liverpool fan, this is not an enjoyable build up in the slightest. However confident I am in the club's general direction, a craving remains for a defining success after so many near misses. That Tottenham of all teams could deny such a moment is going to make this an agonisingly long week. There's an "anyone but Liverpool" sentiment amongst a lot of fans that (often correctly) predicts an unbearable few years of gloating in the wake of any success. I assure you there aren't enough ex-Liverpool pundits in the world to compete with the racket that will be made if Spurs win on Saturday though. They have all the posterboys of Southgate's PR-friendly national team, they can do no wrong. You won't be able to escape the media adulation if the unthinkable happens... (If you hadn't already guessed, pessimism is inherited)
Hi Jonathan - so pleased to read your post. On balance I probably prefer a Liverpool win because they were almost Premiership champions, and as such deserving of something this season. However, with so many upsets of late I fancy Spurs will do it - surely their trophy drought must end? Some old Arsenal-Liverpool links your Dad would have known - Joe Baker and Dennis Evans were born there; Geoff Strong and Ray Kennedy transferred from Highbury to Anfield, while Jim Furnell made the opposite journey; and Joe Mercer, when Arsenal captain, used to train during the week with Liverpool and commute to London for the weekend game, an arrangement made to suit his business obligations. Those were the days!

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Some rumours tonight that leeds are going to be bought by PSG’s owners. Even richer that Man City’s owners. Bonkers.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football ... stments/?u

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What about the rumours that Newcastle are to be sold to a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family? All aboard the gravy train as the wheel of fortune spins again. Football is becoming horrendous.

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Story in the Sun that Koscielny will leave this summer because Arsenal are unwilling (words to that effect) to renew his contract, which expires in 2020. Makes sense that the club won't give him a new contract as he's way past his best through age, injury, and the loss of Mertesacker. So it could be true he'd like to move on.


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https://www.skysports.com/football/news ... ike-ashley

Looks like the Newcastle story is for real, oh great more oil money in the pantomime of the premier league, no doubt they are soon to be sponsored by some mysterious middle eastern business at a rate 20x the market value, yet as usual UEFA, the FA etc. will just ignore it.

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There is no reason why Arfa Daley (Kroenke) can’t pay the club 10 mil per season to advertise his baseball club plus 10 for each of his other clubs. Would help the transfer budget.

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Post #506957  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 1:33 am 
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Gaz from Oz wrote:
There is no reason why Arfa Daley (Kroenke) can’t pay the club 10 mil per season to advertise his baseball club plus 10 for each of his other clubs. Would help the transfer budget.


We're just an investment to him, nothing more, where as for the 'oil money' brigade it is a way of white-washing their image and probably a certain amount bordem and vanity, what do you do when you have trillions to spend?, basically unless the governing bodies start taking 'FFP' more seriously, and to date they have shown complete ambivalence towards it, then clubs who are owned by the likes of KSE are screwed, the self-sponsorship bs will continue to get around the rules and we will struggle to compete for the best players because of it, it all started with Abramovich and its got to the point now where even he is baulking at the idea of throwing money around because others have bigger wallets.

Only watched a handful of games (on TV) this season and will probably be watching even less next, I can't see Liverpool continuing to compete with City into next season, as far as I am concerned I hope City turn the PL into the SPL and win it year after year, because that is exactly what the PL deserves for allowing almost every club to be sold off to various scumbags of one type or another, we've just got the wrong type..

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Post #506958  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:48 am 
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Bring back Peres Now.

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Wilts-Gooner wrote:
We're just an investment to him, nothing more, where as for the 'oil money' brigade it is a way of white-washing their image and probably a certain amount bordem and vanity, what do you do when you have trillions to spend?, basically unless the governing bodies start taking 'FFP' more seriously, and to date they have shown complete ambivalence towards it, then clubs who are owned by the likes of KSE are screwed, the self-sponsorship bs will continue to get around the rules and we will struggle to compete for the best players because of it, it all started with Abramovich and its got to the point now where even he is baulking at the idea of throwing money around because others have bigger wallets.

Only watched a handful of games (on TV) this season and will probably be watching even less next, I can't see Liverpool continuing to compete with City into next season, as far as I am concerned I hope City turn the PL into the SPL and win it year after year, because that is exactly what the PL deserves for allowing almost every club to be sold off to various scumbags of one type or another, we've just got the wrong type..


That's pretty much it. I recall at the time, I kept saying on here, Kroenke will be a disaster. I knew what kind of owner he was in America. There are some owners who buy a team to win things. The NFL is a very, very exclusive group. America has a lot of billionaires but only 30 get to own a team so its sort of the most exclusive billionaires club in America it has been said. Forbes has 400 on its famous list. The NFL, America's biggest league and sport, has only 30. NBA and MLB (baseball) has 30 but its not seen as exclusive as American football for cultural reasons, the NFL is seen as the higher profile.

Anyway, Kroenke bought his team simply for investment. Because of its exclusivity, the value of teams often go up far more than most other large investments like stocks, hedge funds, commercial properties/high rises. I recall the arguments by some on here at the time like 'look at this team he has' or 'this team' and 'that team' he has as some harbinger of the future, without knowing what kind of owner he is seen as. Usmanov also had his negatives but at least he knew the sport and he would have spent. I'm not saying Usmanov is a savior but would he really have been worse than Kroenke? We'd have to hold our noses for him.

Kroenke's main project are the Rams. There is no doubt about it. It's where his energy....an alas his money is going. They got into the Super Bowl last year. Their best season for years. He turned around a team that couldn't win more than half their games into a final contender in a few short years. So, the notion he doesn't know how to build a winner is BS. He just lacks the desire with us. I've said this before, the reason he was granted the Los Angeles franchise to host a team was because it is the 2nd biggest media market in America, and the NFL wanted a winner there because a winner would reap big money in advertising, shirt sales, etc. The NFL shares merchandising revenue with all clubs, so the other owners wanted a winner there as well. Different than the EPL obviously where you keep your own merchandising revenue.

The only possible upside for the future is if Josh gives a damn about winning. We are stuck with the Kroenke's for decades, unless they decide to sell and right now I can't see where that is going to happen unless the family's fortune falls on hard times.

Basically we are f*cked.

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..and I still blame Dein. He left the board with 2 bad choices. He brought the only 2 choices to the club. All for is own ego of running the club the way he wants it.

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Post #506960  Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:57 am 
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Hey omoh, yes, I've read from you, Mee (RIP) and others about that early '60s side, what was it 'kick and run' tactic it was called, basically attacking football. Wasn't there a quote from a sperz player of that era who said something to the effect that The Arsenal were still the biggest side in London.

Decided to check in here on a whim to see what the general mood was before such a strange week. Nice to see Dad is still mentioned and that Old Man of Hoy remains the forum's resident historian.

By Wednesday night Arsenal could be facing another season out of the European Cup. By Saturday night Tottenham might be champions of that very same competition. I can safely say Dad's pessimism would have gone into overdrive this week. There would be no "might" or "could" about these two finals though. In his mind Emery would be sullenly taking off his runners up medal. Harry Kane and Dele Alli would already be revelling in the sort of lap of honour the likes of Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires somehow never managed.

As a Liverpool fan, this is not an enjoyable build up in the slightest. However confident I am in the club's general direction, a craving remains for a defining success after so many near misses. That Tottenham of all teams could deny such a moment is going to make this an agonisingly long week. There's an "anyone but Liverpool" sentiment amongst a lot of fans that (often correctly) predicts an unbearable few years of gloating in the wake of any success. I assure you there aren't enough ex-Liverpool pundits in the world to compete with the racket that will be made if Spurs win on Saturday though. They have all the posterboys of Southgate's PR-friendly national team, they can do no wrong. You won't be able to escape the media adulation if the unthinkable happens.

(If you hadn't already guessed, pessimism is inherited)

I'm feeling moderately optimistic, Jonathan, because frankly, dwelling on the alternative is something I would rather not do. Its quite unthinkable, as you suggest. The white walkers must be stopped.

Liverpool Arsenal would be a fitting Supercup. (*&&*&^ vs Chelsea would be a travesty and disgrace.

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