Arshavin: the little Russian that Couldn’t?

It was the January transfer saga of 2009.  And it only got better with his 4 goal game AT Anfield.  The little Russian Arshavin seemed to be the final piece of Arsene’s puzzle.  Wily, quick, a veteran and captain of a big national team, Arshavin brought the guile and attitude Arsenal seemed to so desperately need, not to mention his ability to score goals.  Expectations for the 2009 campaign were unimaginably high for his first full season as a Gunner, but it didn’t quite come to pass.  And now, solidly into the 2010 season, the little Russian that could, seems to be the little Russian that can’t.  A fan favorite for his unfiltered commentary and often incoherent discourse with fans, Arshavin put it best when he said he’d “lost his sparkle.”  So what happened?  Is it time for the St. Petersburg Express to move on? Continue reading


off to the caves of Blackburn! the Goonerdamus pre-report

Also posted on Arsenal America (8/27/10):

For Goonerdamus, last week can only be described as awkward. It’s fairly obvious that Arsene Wenger controls both time and fate. How else to explain the starting lineup? It’s pretty clear that Wenger’s powers extend beyond the average manager -he’s made some sort of deal the devil or is a demi-god. Either that, or perhaps Goonerdamus shouldn’t be so optimistic when looking into the future. But a new day awaits and an old evil is back: Big Sam and the people that live in caves up in Blackburn. Continue reading

A new look team: Arsenal might lose 10 players this summer

With all of the attention focused on the players Arsene might bring in, the players that might be leaving are pretty interesting as well. Five players alone will be free to transfer come Monday; two are already gone, two are likely to leave, and the fifth may retire. This means Arsenal will have gaping holes that our reserves simply can’t cover and our loanees don’t look ready to cover. No matter what, Arsenal will have a new look next year. Continue reading


We can win this match if we play like we did in the second leg against Porto.  And I believe we will.  Why? Well I’m glad you asked.  Continue reading

Arsenal’s Achilles Heel?

St. Andrews.  Birmingham.  Hong Kong millionaire and ugly kits.   Eduardo’s unspeakable injury.  Two fatal draws.  These are some of my least favorite things.  BUT, I’m not disappointed in the players’  performances.  In fact, I am impressed.  After a lackluster opening half, we opened them up.  90 minute goals happen.  But, we have to take away  a gutful performance that showed our teams title aspirations–even if these aspirations don’t manifest in this year’s domestic campaign.  Continue reading

Will Arshavin stay? The dark clouds seem to be gathering

Is Arshavin leaving this summer? I don’t know, but some of his rumblings are causing me concern. The Russian wizard definitely thinks differently, at the best of times. Add in the cultural differences, inaccurate translations and the best fan Q&A forum in the world (check out Arseblog’s highlights) and he’s a total mystery at times. But what seems to be a continued lack of adaption to the London scene and sometimes cynical approach are causing me some concern. I worry if he’s happy at Arsenal. Continue reading

Today Children

We have guts, technical ability, desire, and money.  All we need is seven wins and a little luck.  But, before the next match we have to get something straight.  Do not show fear.   Cue our crazy little Russian.  We need to buy next season?  Duh.  But there is no next season until we finish this campaign.  We have enough to do the job NOW.  Continue reading

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