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Tottenham’s 4000th day without a trophy

Well it’s no easy feat to be the media darlings whilst having nothing to celebrate for so long, but that lot from Middlesex are managing it.

To set the record straight the last time that lot from Middlesex won a trophy was way back in February 2008, 4000 days ago today and even that was the league cup, in which most teams play a mix of a 2nd string and youth sides for most of the competition.

The last time they won the FACUP was in 1991 and since then they have managed to lose a record 8 successive semi-finals in a row. Losing to The Arsneal, Everton, Newcastle, The Arsenal (again), Portsmouth, Chelsea, Chelsea and Man utd.

The last time they won the league was back in 1961, four years after in 1965 the Local district of North East middlesex was made part of London. So as a North London side they have never won the title.

Not a single tottenham fan under the age of 29 would’ve been able to legally able to have a pint the last time they won the 5th ranked trophy.

Those lucky tottenham fans to be over the age of 46 would’ve been able to have bought a pint the last time they won the FACUP, even if it went sour when The Arsenal won the title that season.

Some of them born in 2000 would’ve been able to buy one after last seasons 8th record breaking Semi loss.

Fair play to all those older than 58, they may have some black and white memories of a horse and cart parade and paying thrupence for a Light and Ale in 1961.

This season to will end in yet another nothing season for them, they have a manager who has never won a trophy and they will end up potless yet again. Top 4 is not a trophy, putting the pressure on is not a trophy. History records the winners, which they will never be, unless you count a long bar and a big cheese room.

Happy 4000th Middlesex. much love

Gav

 

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Emery out ? Wind it in eh !

Keenos is still away, somewhere too hot with too much cheap booze, so you got me again….

I hate losing, I really hate losing, a small part of me is still sulking over that semi in 91 even if we have had revenge twice in FA cup semi-finals since. But some of the over the top reasctions to the Man City game are a joke, I was more pissed off when when we lost to West Ham…

There’s some who thought Wenger walked on water and were clearly more of an Arsene fan than they will ever be a fan of The Arsenal.
The trolls who pretend to be Arsenal fans, but have never stepped foot outside Blackburn or a chicken shop.
There’s the fan boys who think Ozil is better than Bergkamp, even if he’s not fit to be used in the same sentance, Emery dropping Ozil is like he took there mums out for a few gins then asked them to smell his fingers.
There’s of course those who have built up a twitter profile (and business) based on being as negative as possible and a loss increases the old back pocket.
Finally we have those who just like a good old moan up, as a 4th Generation moaning Gooner, i do understand this group, we are THE Arsenaol afteral, moaning is what we do best.

I asked for views over the weekend about the Man City game, Friday hardly anyone was positive we would get a result, Sunday half expected a loss, the other half were going with thier hearts rather than thier heads, losing to Man City was something we all knew would happen, even if our hearts overruled our heads.

Man City are streets ahead of us right now, they won the title last year with a record points total, have the most expensive squad ever put together in football and on there day they will roll over anyone in world football. We had 3 of our 1st choice defenders out and Xhaka, who like it or not is a starter under Emery. No club in the world would’ve done much better than we did yesterday with 4 players out. Imagine the 91 Side with no Adams, Bould, Dixon, imagine the Invincible side with no Sol, Toure and Ralf, it was always going to be a tough one. Pep smelled blood and set up to expose us and it worked for him.

So yeah as much as I hate seeing us lose like most right minded amongst us I wasn’t expecting too much Vs Man City, I wanted to see some fight, which to a degree we got in spells. It was our right side that badly let us down for all the goals, I don’t enjoy pointing the finger at players, but the old swiss fella is just not upto the pace and god know’s what Iwobi was doing. I understand why the old swiss fella was bought in, 2nd choice behind Bellerin, add a bit of experaince and fighting spirit to the squad and was on a free. But he is crap, with AMN who has overtaken him as 2nd choice right back also injured I understand why Emery went for 5 at the back for added protection. Without inury problems, would Emery have gone for a 4 and added another midfielder ? maybe who knows.

Emery isn’t perfect, he’s still learning the English game and his players, he needs time to bring in his own and needs a good clear out of those just not upto the standard expected of a player for The Arsenal. I personally thought the 3 stand out players for us yesterday were all Emery players, Leno, Torreira and Guendouzi. At 19 the young French kid is having a great season, yes he’s had a few par games, but that’s expected from a teenager, this kid could be a star for us for the next decade.

This summer will be Emery’s first proper transfer window in my eyes, he would’ve had this group of players for a full season and will have a few quid in the sky rocket to improve the squad. Even without the money the top 4 trophy brings in the coffers from the increased naming rights/sponsership from Emarites and Adidas we will be £40m up on the currect levels. I’m not going to go mental on explaining the rules of FFP and the rules on increasing the wage bill, but £40m buys you a lot. It means we can increase the wage bill by approx £50m, it means we could in theory buy 1 player on a 4year deal for £150m (£30m a year) and pay him 200k a week. This is of course without the decreased wage bill of the 2 players we know are leaving this summer in Cech and Ramsey and any investment Stan puts in (yeah right).

I fully expect huge changes this summer, Ramsey and Cech inculded there’s about 10 players I’d be very shocked to see at ours in 18 months time, some coming to the end (Kos, old swiss fella, Monreal) some just not good enough (Jenks, Elneny, Mustafi) and there’s some Emery just doesn’t fancy (Ozil, Micky from Teran). We also have 4 or 5 youngsters coming in that could be class and will be pushing to start, the future is bright.

Along with Legrove.com I/We at Shewore were the first blog/social media account (whatever you wanna call us i guess) to call time on Wenger, We also helped arrange large protests against the ownership and Ivan and against ticket prices with Black Scarf Movement, we were very vocal on the Clock getting put back inside the ground, we constaintly badgered the clubs social media to use “The Arsenal” instead of Arsenal and that’s before I even go into the battles I have personally had to use the proper old Arsenal logo’s that the club has tried to delete from our history. We aint no clubs patsys and never will be, we wont ever get invited to promos, we wont ever get any freebies, nor do we wont any.

But what we do is back our convictions, We wanted Wenger OUT, We wanted Ivan (what the fuk do you do) OUT, We want Stan OUT, if anyones got a few spare billions laying about (?). We also back Emery, this season he has a free pass, we knew it would be a bumpy ride this season, knew there would be ups and downs, knew the top sides may roll us over, knew some lesser sides would catch us on a bad day. It’s going to take time to clean up the mess Wenger + Ivan left us in. So those calling for Emery out really need to wind it in, enjoy the highs, expect some lows, enjoy the days with mates down the pub and at games.

We aint good enough to play with the top boys right now, But we are the biggest club in the biggest city in England and Europe, with the high match day ticket prices to boot, we do deserve better, But Emery will get it right, let’s not write him off after just 25 Prem games.

Up The Arsenal

Gav

 

Match Report – Man City 3 The Arsenal 1

Manchester City (2) 3 Arsenal (1) 1
Premier League
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 3FF
Sunday, 3rd February 2019. Kick-off time: 4.30pm
(4-2-3-1) Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Lichtsteiner; Torreira, Guendouzi; Kolašinac, Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Substitutes: Čech, Elneny, Ramsey, Özil, Suàrez, Mavropanos, Nketiah.
Scorers: Koscielny
Yellow Cards: Torreira
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 54,483
At the end of the day, it was a simple matter of desire and technique over good old-fashioned effort and wherewithal. In a case of pure irony, the manner in which Manchester City disposed of Arsenal this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium, was closer to the style of football that the Londoners patented under their former manager at the turn of this century.
Within seconds of the start, the home side were ahead with Sergio Agüero’s first goal of the day which came about by some careless play on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. The ball came across wickedly low, but not too low for the City striker who headed home past Bernd Leno in a manner that looked extremely easy. The home side started to look as if they would steamroller Arsenal, but a free-kick to the visitors on the edge of the penalty area saw Nacho Monreal head the ball backwards into the general direction of Laurent Koscielny, who wasted no time in scoring with a messy, yet effective header. Arsenal looked as if they were coming back into the match, but after some clever  offensive moves by City, that man Sergio Agüero popped up again just before the half-time break to ensure that his side went off the pitch in the ascendancy.
What a difference a half-time break can make. Did the second half actually happen for Arsenal? They were out there somewhere, I can assure you, although the damning statistic of no shots on the City goal in the second period tells its own story somehow. The gulf in class, organisation and skill started to tell on Arsenal, with City players seemingly doing whatever they liked, when they liked and more importantly, how they liked throughout the half. It appeared that at times, City were just not going to let Arsenal get the ball. Of course, there were short periods in the half when indeed, Arsenal of course, did manage to string a few passes together, but nothing to either scare nor even worry the home side. Throughout the match, Mr. Emery toyed with different formations, none of which had the desired affect here in Manchester today. Even the substitutions (Aaron Ramsey and new boy Dennis Suàrez, for Sead Kolašinac plus Alex Iwobi) were unable to make a difference, but by then, Sergio Agüero had scored his third and final goal of the day anyway, and the home side were on their way to a comfortable home win; a controversial goal in which he bundled the ball over the line after it hit his arm. Ten minutes from time, a very sad and injured Shkrodan Mustafi was replaced by Konstantinos Mavropanos, but by that point in the match it didn’t really matter.
This match showed us up for what we really are; a below-par side that desperately needs to sign defenders that are light years away from a regular top four spot in the table, let alone challenging for title honours. With all due respects to Dennis Suàrez, it’s defenders that we need, not another midfielder. As we feared, this is a long-term work in progress that Mr. Emery is undertaking; if he doesn’t sign defenders in the next transfer window, then we are in real, deep trouble as the ones we have are quite frankly, not good enough to play together at this level. Playing bottom of the Premiership clubs is one thing, but battling against fellow top six sides is a totally different concept, as we are just not good enough to compete with them, let alone beat our rivals. At the time of writing, we are still in the Europa League, so let us hope beyond hope that we are able to go further in the competition, as that is our only chance (however slim) of us getting into a major final this season. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.