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Robbo Robson | 11:41 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

There's a book I used to read to me grandson called 'Peepo'. The opening verse goes:

'Here's a little baby
One, two, three,
Stands in his cot
What does he see?'

It makes me think of Arsene Wenger somehow. What does he see? Wednesday night was clearly a bad one for the Prof. You can tell when it's really bad 'cos he sits on the bench cringing like a kid that's too nervous to stick his hand up to ask for permission to go to the bog.

For all his renowned skills at unearthing talent for very little money, Wenger couldn't find a keeper if he fell over one. Almunia's form has dipped alarmingly (possibly since he qualified for England) and Lukasz Fabianski - redubbed by one bloke on my messageboards as 'Flappy Handies' - couldn't have had a worse game, could he?

Without him, Porto would have lost the tie already.
Lukasz FabianskiArsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski had a night to forget
Firstly, he treated a mis-hit cross with all the conviction of a sweaty man hanging on to a greased pig. The second was the sort of event that even the Chuckle Brothers would've given up as too preposterous.

I think what made it doubly disappointing was the fact that the goal could've been prevented had not Fabianski and Campbell just gone into a big sulk about the decision. It was like Kevin had passed it back to Perry.

Not to be outdone, the Sulkmeister gave the ref an absolute mouthful. Mr Hansson, a man who can't spot two handballs in the space of five seconds, gazed back at him balefully like a cardboard cut-out of Brad Friedel (and even a cardboard cut-out could've seen the stonewall pen for the foul on Rosicky).

Still, Wenger's complaint against the second goal simply doesn't stand up. He claims it was an accidental back pass. Well I'm afraid you'd need a PhD in clinical psychology to look at that incident and work that one out, Arsene.

And the argument that the ref should give you time to defend a free-kick? Unless of course it's Thierry Henry in an Arsenal shirt, dinking it into the corner while the keeper's kicking mud off his studs.

The mazy whinger Falcao - and is it part of the modern striker's training to complain the moment anyone so much as exhales on them? - was simply smart enough to take advantage of the adolescent Arsenal rearguard.

Mind, I can understand the manager being right miffed - but only with his players.
I hope Arsenal come back in the second leg. I didn't much take to Porto - mainly 'cos one of their team called himself Hulk. This is footie, mate, not WWF! He was substituted by Gonzalez (first name Speedy presumably).

Hulk was marked by the markedly bigger Sol Campbell - Sol's Mum and Dad are Jamaican, so you could call that Kingston Upon Hulk, I suppose.

Have to say, I thought Sol looked pretty good. What he's lacking in mobility, and he sometimes looked as manoeuvrable as a bendy bus, he makes up for in nous.
I can't see the Gunners losing this tie, though. Any more than I can see United getting beat by the veterans of AC Milan - which is beginning to resemble an old boys' rest home.

Not that Ronaldinho didn't show some of his old sparkle early doors, but Rooney outshone the lot of them.
Becks said something about Wazza being a danger before the game began. Don't quite know why, in that case, the lad was afforded so much space he was ready to explore new worlds and new civilisations.

Still, it was a lively encounter - full of poor defending... and whatever the likes of Lawro and Hansen say, rubbish defending = exciting footy.

Livelier still has been all the stuff involving snowboards. I'm a total convert, me. The snowboard cross has to be the best racing event in world sport outside of a running track. Formula 1 devotees take note - overtaking helps! Plus there's the bumping and boring, the flying leaps, the turning backside-over-bosom when you hit the humps...
Shaun White
Shaun White celebrates his gold medal
And there's the fact that all of them dress like they've fallen into bed after a rough night in some frozen ditch. I think if I were a teenager again, I'd get meself a snowboard.
I'd have to get meself some snow, too - and some moneyed relatives to pay for my training in Boulder and my state-of-the-art supersize Midwest hick donkey jacket and Oxford bags trousers.

But after that, it'd be down to me.

Not content with watching some Yank called Seth Westcott - a gunslinger of a name if ever there was one - reel in a Canadian rival like he was some exhausted marlin, I turned my attention to what they call the half-pipe. At my age it'll be more like the half-pipe and slippers.

I've a lot to learn. Scott Lago, they tell me, is one of the few Americans who doesn't have a 'dead-set double-cork' but he is possessed of 'a huge backside air' (and I'm sure I have that capacity too).

Any road, after a backside ten-eighty and a frontside five-forty and a backside nine-hundred... well you can understand quite how well he was doing.
[Reader's voice: 'But enough of his three-dimensional trigonometry exams, how's his snowboarding going?' Ho, ho.]

This left us with a long-haired redhead called Shaun White, wearing a coat so ill-fitting he looked like the 'after' photo in a 'before-and-after' feature in Weightwatchers magazine.

No matter, the lad defies the laws of physics. Did you see that tomahawk? Did you know why it was a tomahawk and not, say, a backside double-cork (which is what I'd need if I were to attempt one)? Did you care? Me neither. I tell you, it's cracking stuff.

If Arsene wants to watch summat to take his mind off his errant goalies, he could do worse than take a look at Shaun White.


Comments

  • 1. At 1:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Afternoon Robbo

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  • 2. At 1:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    afternoon

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  • 3. At 1:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Agree on the snowboarding, have you checked out the french bird who fell after 5seconds of the downhill???

    Absolute quality you should check it out (it's on BBC vancouver page)

    All those hours of training and preperation gone in 5 seconds

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  • 4. At 1:07pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    fourth!!1! (day in a row of constant blog crawling)

    Isn't Lily Allen precious.

    Scotty Carson for Wenger's #1

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  • 5. At 1:07pm on 18 Feb 2010, Sam wrote:

    how are you robbo?

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  • 6. At 1:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    I have heard enough of Wengers Moaning , At it every week , I hope they go out and Cesc leaves for Sunny Barcelona!

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  • 7. At 1:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Last chance to join...http://www.premierleague.com/page/Home/0,,12306,00.html
    League is called Robbos blog league
    Code needed to join:2261350-436496
    Like the space and new worlds to conquer gag.Thought the Kingston upon Hulk was a touch laboured......hang on,JDR time.Stop.Excellent as always Robbo.Glad you've joined the league,nice alias....
    Arsenal need a keeper.Star suggested Kasper Scmeichal earlier,I'd like to throw Joe Lewis at The Posh as a possible.Still think Arsenal will get through,if only they'd pass forward with more speed.The last 20 minutes of the game even Mrs Jack was shouting shoot.

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  • 8. At 1:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    #6

    Yes got to agree with that because you never hear any other manager moaning about anything do you???

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  • 9. At 1:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 10. At 1:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Hulk was marked by the markedly bigger Sol Campbell - Sol's Mum and Dad are Jamaican, so you could call that Kingston Upon Hulk, I suppose."

    Oh, no, you didn't. Now I see where the usual suspects get it from.

    Incidentally, is that really a bloke in the second picture. (The first one is obviously beaker from the muppets.)

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  • 11. At 1:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, The Patient Gunner wrote:

    So the lad let a few sneak in ( or rather he placed a few into the net)

    Big deal

    At least he made the tie interesting

    Was it Porto vs Arsenal last night or The Portugese Mafia vs Arsenal?

    No wonder Wenger was so miffed

    Robbo, you're losin it i tell ya

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  • 12. At 1:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    "Hulk was marked by the markedly bigger Sol Campbell - Sol's Mum and Dad are Jamaican, so you could call that Kingston Upon Hulk, I suppose."

    LOL - that is terrible Robbo!

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  • 13. At 1:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Robbo:

    I didn't much take to Porto - mainly 'cos one of their team called himself Hulk. This is footie, mate, not WWF!

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    World Wildlife Fund? Leave the pandas out of this, unless it's a refernce to giving your team mate black eyes?

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  • 14. At 1:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:

    Dont understand your point below;

    "And the argument that the ref should give you time to defend a free-kick? Unless of course it's Thierry Henry in an Arsenal shirt, dinking it into the corner while the keeper's kicking mud off his studs."

    If i remember rightly Thierry scored from about 30 yards out with a gk between the posts and a number of defenders in between the gk and the ball, not from 10 yards. So to compare the two is a little foolish.

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  • 15. At 1:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    Wenger is horrific for it, and when the opposition of the Gunners have had 4 blatent penalties turned down his eyes suddenly forget to work and he comes out with his joke line of 'I didn't see it'.

    This France B team will go Trophyless once again!

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  • 16. At 1:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Not to be outdone, the Sulkmeister gave the ref an absolute mouthful. Mr Hansson, a man who can't spot two handballs in the space of five seconds, gazed back at him balefully...

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    Where in the rules does it say a manager can hold up the game for a quick chat with the Ref? Ridicularse.

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  • 17. At 1:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "If i remember rightly Thierry scored from about 30 yards out with a gk between the posts and a number of defenders in between the gk and the ball, not from 10 yards. So to compare the two is a little foolish."

    I think most of the non-Arsenal world recognises the similarity. And probably half of the Arsenal world.

    Good on the referee for allowing it. Not a great referee, but credit where it's due. I love the bit about it being an accidental backpass. That's such quality denial it should be in Egypt.

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  • 18. At 1:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Would Wenger's glasses get into the new 7 wonders of the world? In with a shot I reckon.

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  • 19. At 1:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    an early treble on the cards? Get in

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  • 20. At 1:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Agree about the snowboarding Robbo - best thing in the Winter-Os i reckon. But that picture must be a photoshop job. If you send me the originals I do you a better job of it.

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  • 21. At 1:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    18... right alongside Fergie time red.

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  • 22. At 1:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    I didn't much take to Porto - mainly 'cos one of their team called himself Hulk. This is footie, mate, not WWF! He was substituted by Gonzalez (first name Speedy presumably).
    ____

    Surely Gonzalez' first name is "Giant"?

    (Wonders who will get this....)

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  • 23. At 1:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Spot on Robbo. The mention of the Winter Olympics provoked great yawns but now they're here some of this stuff is compelling viewing and that 4 man downhill racing really is brilliant. It's one thing for the blokes to have huge backside air, cripes, it's almost expected, but tonight it's the lasses turn and that, well, that's just not right.

    Sports Illustrated just published their swimsuit edition. Check out the gold medal downhiller Lindsay Vonn, she goes down faster than any woman on the planet and she's probably a great swimmer too.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010_swimsuit/winter/lindsey-vonn/

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  • 24. At 1:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Martin wrote:

    Couldnt agree more about the second goal. For Wenger to state that it wasnt a back pass and then compound it by arguing that the opposition shouldnt be allowed to take a quick free kick is just laughable. His teams play lovely football but he is an incredibly bad loser. He should be asking questions of his centre half and goalkeeper...sunday morning stuff.

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  • 25. At 1:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    14. At 1:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:
    Dont understand your point below;

    "And the argument that the ref should give you time to defend a free-kick? Unless of course it's Thierry Henry in an Arsenal shirt, dinking it into the corner while the keeper's kicking mud off his studs."

    If i remember rightly Thierry scored from about 30 yards out with a gk between the posts and a number of defenders in between the gk and the ball, not from 10 yards. So to compare the two is a little foolish.


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    The distance from goal doesn't change the rule that the free kick can be taken as quickly as the taking team like, unless otherwise stopped by the referee.

    Also, LABSAB9, do you stare at blogs on this site all day waiting for one to pop up so you can get the first comment in or are you just blog-physic?

    I saw you get in 4 comments on one before the page had probably even refreshed properly. Are you paid for this? :D

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  • 26. At 1:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Jimmy Ellis wrote:

    Great blog again Robbo...look 4ward to your blog every week!....just wondered what you thought of nani's performance against milan?? Just as he looked like he was getting some form together..he goes and shows how shocking he can be...confidence looked drained from him!!

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  • 27. At 1:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    23... Sorry to disagree Trott... for me they are still a bloody big YAWN.

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  • 28. At 1:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    And that should be "psychic", of course. I don't know what blog physics would entail but let's not go there.

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  • 29. At 1:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    And, hiya, Gen. Remember, don't feed nibs :)

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  • 30. At 1:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Flappy Handski is indeed a liability. He did the same earlier in te season didnt he? Makes you realise that Almunia could be even worse than he currently is. I hold you, Robbo, responsible for him getting rubbish. You did a whole gig just advocating how lurvly it would be to get him a passport and stick him in goal for Engerland.
    Not that he was a credit to the game to begin with.

    Still, 1:2 with a team without Arshavin, Song, Gallas and Almunia (not to mention the long term absentees) is not the end of the world.

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  • 31. At 1:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, signori wrote:

    That's such quality denial it should be in Egypt.



    Please tell me you didnt just write this :) GenesisRed your as bad as Robbo AKA the Sun newspaper for the PUNS!

    did raise a smirk though! as for FabianSKI it seems he was a little Piste :)

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  • 32. At 1:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Probably would be checking its prostate, YdissDC.

    Nani is an enigma, wrapped in a very good player, locked inside the brain of a kid who wants to be the biggest thing in Portugal, but has Ronaldo in front of him. Another run of games, and he'll get his mojo back. he's only young.

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  • 33. At 1:32pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    Nani - lets not go there

    Why Fergie has gone and spents a few million quid on a poor mans Michael Jackson lookalike I will never no!

    He will be shipped out in the summer, He is no Ronaldo

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  • 34. At 1:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    #25

    Indeed i did get first comment again, however, one thing you should notice is that although i am often 1st to comment i never put "1st comment" as i think it is an extremly anal thing to do!!!! so i make it my mission to be first on every blog to rid the post board of such moronic comments (it is highly amusing however when i have logged my first post to then refresh and see that someone has written 1st comment only to find out they are not.)

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  • 35. At 1:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Nani is an enigma, wrapped in a very good player, locked inside the brain of a kid.........
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    ... the problem is Red, they have thrown away the key.

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  • 36. At 1:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    First!!!!!!oh,labs got there...

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  • 37. At 1:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    34, what happened to your 8 predecessors.

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  • 38. At 1:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    32. At 1:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:
    Probably would be checking its prostate, YdissDC.

    Nani is an enigma, wrapped in a very good player, locked inside the brain of a kid who wants to be the biggest thing in Portugal, but has Ronaldo in front of him. Another run of games, and he'll get his mojo back. he's only young.

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    I tend to agree; he just needs a little bit of that special Man Utd luck. You know, the stuff that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and City fans tell us has kept us winning so many trophies in the last couple decades or so :)

    I think Wenger needs some of that luck.

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  • 39. At 1:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Obviously it's easy for me to form this opinion, being a Manchester United fan, but did anybody else find themselves really put off by Ronaldinho's show-boating on Tuesday?

    He made me want us to thrash them twice as much just to wipe the smug smile off of his ugly little face!

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  • 40. At 1:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "35. At 1:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Nani is an enigma, wrapped in a very good player, locked inside the brain of a kid.........
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    ... the problem is Red, they have thrown away the key."

    To be honest, Bo, it fell down when I said "brain". But you mark my words, the lad will be delivering a series of bad crosses and then a stunning goal in the CL final.

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  • 41. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    39,

    you have obviously never seen a match that includes Christiano Ronaldo then.

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  • 42. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    Water... Water... Please, somebody get me some wa...

    Thirst post.

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  • 43. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    35. Totally Agree Nani is one of those players taht is bigged up to become the next this, that and the other and will never reach any potential

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  • 44. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:

    YdissDC

    The distance from goal doesn't change the rule that the free kick can be taken as quickly as the taking team like, unless otherwise stopped by the referee.

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    Of course it does - i have seen time and time again when its a pass back like that the ref stops play to allow the defence to line the goal line.

    It was a poor decision from the ref - i dont think even you can argue that fact. And im sure if your team had conceded a goal like that then you would feel agrived.

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  • 45. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    39. At 1:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Obviously it's easy for me to form this opinion, being a Manchester United fan, but did anybody else find themselves really put off by Ronaldinho's show-boating on Tuesday?

    He made me want us to thrash them twice as much just to wipe the smug smile off of his ugly little face!
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    Ronaldo anyone.

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  • 46. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Ha Ha, It's Flappy HandSKI, Robbo mate.

    OK, I'm off to read the rest of the blog.

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  • 47. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, Muzammil Whosane wrote:

    Afternoon Robbo, and as always a pleasure to read your blog even though lately its been a lot about the Winter Olympics.
    Anyway, I'm an Arsenal fan and i was down with the flu last night and watching the team play the way they did just made me feel even more sick! I totally agree with you... What does he see??? I mean Bendtner, Vela, Eduardo, Fabianski?? How can you have faith in them and expect to land the title or in fact any other trophy? I mean i'm probably just one out of many frustrated Arsenal fans and i'm sick of us having an average team and pretending their all world class players!
    Wenger cannot complain and use the back pass incident as a scape goat because we were shocking full stop!

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  • 48. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    40... Red, you are sounding like the ex-wife's psychic.

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  • 49. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    37. At 1:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    34, what happened to your 8 predecessors.

    eh??

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  • 50. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Showboating is ok, as long as you're winning. Hence it was ok for Ronaldo, but not for Ronaldinho.

    44: well, i think the only issue here is that for a change its YOU on the receiving rather than giving end. Ask Chelsea if they felt aggrieved!

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  • 51. At 1:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Good job LABSAB9! You must be either at BBC or Robbo's neighbor.

    Enough said about Wenger,Fabianski... But I think Wenger cannot only see things, He canot hear as well. (i.e. the cries of disheartened Gunner Fans)

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  • 52. At 1:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Yes robbo fabianski didnt play to his best ablitily last night but every goalkeeper goes through bad pitches hes only what 20,21 and he isnt our first choice anyways so i doubt youll be seeing him anymore.

    However wenger has be naive and has not decided to buy a decent goalkeeper I didnt understand why he didnt go for the likes of sorenson,begovic or even james there not that expensive probably ranging at least between 2-4 mil and they would a effienct job more than our goalkeepers now. But its not just fabianski we also have alumnia who is also inconsitent and tends to do mistakes every time he plays.


    But what can you do about we have mannonne who was fantastic against fulham earlier in the season but he aswell whos known to do mistakes most notably at liege and we have another young prospect polish goalkeeper who looks good for the future whos on loan at brentford but i woundnt dare to start yet i think he needs more experience to even think about starting him in a game yet.


    First goal was just woeful hes postioning was terrible but you cant all put the blame on him campbell or vermelean should have handled a ball like that at least kick it out for a corner or out of the box. But sorry that second goal was either fabianskis or our defences fault the referre was awful to give that goal they played it so quick before we could even reacted and yet 5 mins before that rosicky was denied a stone cold penalty which was so blatant on camera i dont know what he was doing or thinking when the penalty claim happened just ridicolous and woeful referring.


    Fabianski was at fault in a few occasions but you got to put the blame on the referree he was woeful in every decision he made. Uefa need to sort it out i would be really surpised for this man referred again in a big game like this he already had alot of converstry in the ireland v france and now they allowed him to refferre another big match seriously its just a complete joke no wonder nobody can take platini or uefa seriously.

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  • 53. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "40... Red, you are sounding like the ex-wife's psychic."

    did she just win the £54m on the lottery?

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  • 54. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Spit... it's scary how we gunners think alike... lol

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  • 55. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    I don't remember Ronaldo ever dancing and clicking his heels?

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  • 56. At 1:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    So you got modded again BTP? And for the record Lily Allen's lovely.
    Anyhoo to the point, the referee can present the ball to the team awarded the free kick whenever he pleases and as its their advantage Wenger hasn't got a case!
    Apart from that Arsenal were OK, don't think they've got major cause for concern back at the Emirates.
    Oh Genesis correct me if I'm wrong but I think it was you who said that Sir Alex lacked world-class tactical awareness? What was the Valencia substitution all about in Milan then? Luck? Me thinks not!

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  • 57. At 1:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, Rich Indeed wrote:

    Arsenal fans must be hugely frustrated - most have been saying they need a world class keeper since last summer. And sorry, but Bendtner is just not good enough to lead the line of a team that supposedly want to win the champions league and premiership.

    Also, why don't they damn well shoot? There were about 3 golden opportunities for Arsenal players to have a crack at goal in the last 5 minutes yet each time they looked for the extra past instead of putting their laces through it. Even as a neutral I was shouting at the telly for Diaby to shoot when he had a perfect opportunity deep into extra time.

    I wouldn't blame Fabregas if he left - he must be fed up with the pressure of having to rescue the team each game because Wenger's too stubborn to buy some world class players to help him out.

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  • 58. At 1:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "49. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    eh??"

    Your name, I can't work it out. Are you a star?

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  • 59. At 1:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Showboating with your football skills, in the style of Ronaldo, has got to be accepted. What planet are you people on? It's a totally different thing.

    And why do you think I have never seen a macth with Ronaldo in, Spitfire? I think you misread my post.

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  • 60. At 1:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Every possibility mate, after all she is the ex.

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  • 61. At 1:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    55. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    I don't remember Ronaldo ever dancing and clicking his heels?
    __________________________________
    No,he was too busy sulking if things were'nt going his precious way

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  • 62. At 1:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Oh Genesis correct me if I'm wrong but I think it was you who said that Sir Alex lacked world-class tactical awareness? What was the Valencia substitution all about in Milan then? Luck? Me thinks not!"

    It was me, and I think a blind duck could have made that call. Nani wasn't playing a very good game. The team has good tactical awareness behind it. But the tactics are always massively affected by the assistant he has.

    Also, there's a difference between tactics and substitutions.

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  • 63. At 1:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    44. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:
    YdissDC

    The distance from goal doesn't change the rule that the free kick can be taken as quickly as the taking team like, unless otherwise stopped by the referee.

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    Of course it does - i have seen time and time again when its a pass back like that the ref stops play to allow the defence to line the goal line.

    It was a poor decision from the ref - i dont think even you can argue that fact. And im sure if your team had conceded a goal like that then you would feel agrived.

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    Again, I'll reiterate:

    The RULES do not change based on the distance to the goal. The rules. The things that tell the referee what to do.

    It is the discretion of the ref to stop play. Nothing states he must.

    You disagree with his discretion in this example over the discretion of the guy that let Henrey score a quick free kick based purely on the distance from goal and Arsenal's lacking in readiness to defend it.

    That's your opinion but it doesn't change the fact that the decision was RIGHT and LEGAL. Therefore, my statement before was right; don't try to claim it was not.

    It's irrelevant what I'd think if it happened to United but the rules are the rules. It's the players' responsibility to know them and I would be annoyed at my team if they neglected to defend quickly and spent their time arguing a decision instead.

    The ref did nothing wrong.

    Don't try to accuse me of impartiality when I'm stood here quoting RULES and you're sat there denying them in favour of "what is right". You're not even being objective as that would require you to accept that Henry's goal should not have stood.

    That would also make you WRONG, because it clearly should have stood; just like last night's goal against you.

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  • 64. At 1:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    61. At 1:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:
    55. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    I don't remember Ronaldo ever dancing and clicking his heels?
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    No,he was too busy sulking if things were'nt going his precious way
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    Yes, that is correct. Please explain why this is relevant?

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  • 65. At 1:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    Ronaldinho demonstrates how football should be played, you loved it when Ronaldo was pulling out the tricks for Utd but when someone else is fleasing Jonny Evans and Mr Laidback it suddenly isn't so exciting.

    You got to love what he does on the pitch , everytime he gets the ball your on the edge of your seat secretly wanting to pull out a trick or two!

    I hope Gary Neville plays in the return leg, it would be comical. After a run in with Ronaldinho hopefully it might keep him and his pathetic wispy tash quiet for at least a few Minutes!!

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  • 66. At 1:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    58. At 1:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:
    "49. At 1:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    eh??"

    Your name, I can't work it out. Are you a star?

    Yes i am a star, i know this because my mum told me so!!

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  • 67. At 1:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    RE 44: If Ref has blowed the whistle, free kick can be taken. Distance doesnt matter.

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  • 68. At 1:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Eric, you have to be a wum with that comment... I'll not bight.

    Red, seems like you have a problem with a brother fans there.

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  • 69. At 1:48pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Ronaldinho is good with the ball. It is nice that you all have your own points to run off of my post with, but this is all besides MY point.

    My point being that Ronaldinho's attitude is a turn off and people do not warm to it. Mentioning Ronaldo in the same breath like that only strengthens my point - you've not all exactly warmed to Cristiano, have you?

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  • 70. At 1:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, Muzammil Whosane wrote:

    57 Rich Indeed

    I totally agree with you on that! What on earth is wrong with them!!??
    I mean don't they know how to shoot?? I mean even when the clock was 92.30 or something like that, Diaby could've had a a clear shot towards goal but instead he decides to pull the ball inside...what did he have to lose? Frustration upon frustration!

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  • 71. At 1:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Everyone loves a bit of showboating as long as its not against them or results in giving the ball away.

    That said, Ronaldo, like Cole, became a better player when he ditched the attitude of tricks for tricks' sake. Ronaldinho is working out his retirement in the old peoples home.

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  • 72. At 1:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    64. At 1:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:
    61. At 1:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:
    55. At 1:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    I don't remember Ronaldo ever dancing and clicking his heels?
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    No,he was too busy sulking if things were'nt going his precious way
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    Yes, that is correct. Please explain why this is relevant?

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    I think you might need to explain to them that it's possible to be annoyed at Ronaldinho for show boating whether Ronaldo did it or not and whether you were annoyed at Ronaldo for doing it or not.

    Might have escaped them also that Ronaldo is no longer at our club and wasn't involved in the games this subject is about and he is, therefore, irrelevant to the topic.

    I could be wrong, though.

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  • 73. At 1:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, CanuckGeordie wrote:

    Arsene Winger will eventually find the next David Seaman but by then Cesc will have left and Arsenal will still be close but no cigar.

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  • 74. At 1:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, Liam Firkin wrote:

    Ronaldo Is the best place that has played in the Premier League. If anyone goes to watch Real Madrid at the Bernabeu who is it your really going to see?

    Madrid or Ronaldo?

    Also if you went to watch, who would be the player who you would most want not to be suspended or Injured?

    I will answer it for all Football fans-----Ronaldo

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  • 75. At 1:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    68. At 1:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Eric, you have to be a wum with that comment... I'll not bight.

    Red, seems like you have a problem with a brother fans there.

    ___________

    With which comment? You are mis-judging me.

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  • 76. At 1:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    About the free kick, the benefit should always go to the fouled side where possible. If they're ready and the defence isn't, too freaking bad. Ironically, they're still complaining now. Talk about not getting the point.

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  • 77. At 1:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    Thirding (maybe) the support of the snowboard cross, saw it for the first time last olympics and was hooked, the womens final was the best as the the favourite(i think) was miles in the lead and tried some showboating off the alst jump, stacked it, and finished second - gutted

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  • 78. At 1:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, Jimmy Ellis wrote:

    was funny when valencia came on for nani against milan....one wacko jacko for another!

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  • 79. At 1:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, Art wrote:

    Stop blaming the keeper what about Arsenal forwards they don't deliver do they? And also Mr Andy Townsend watch replay again and tell me when you see Fabiasnki giving ball back to Porto player.

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  • 80. At 1:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    There is Gen but when you add the change to the added width Valencia brought and how it pulled Milan out of shape for that 20 minute period, you've gotta give it to the purple-headed Sir. But this is the beautiful game and why we disagree on things like this is also why we support different teams, incase you forgot mate I'm Spurs so I'm a stranger to tactical expertise ;-)

    52. At 1:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, Nasri_The_True_French_Gooner wrote:

    Nasri, the true French gooner with Algerian parents is it mate? Must have been the referee's fault, after all, he's a referee and they all hate Arsenal don't they? I smell a bitter Arsenal fan...most of you regular Gooners (Spit etc) aren't whining like girls, although I do agree Rosicky should have been given a pen. Doesn't change the fact you had 20 minutes or more after that to sort out your tactical deficiencies and didn't do it.

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  • 81. At 1:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I've beem playing over that ridiculous goal over in my head (the 2nd one, before you ask) since last night and I'd just like to add my two cents worth on the issue, trying to look at it without my Arsenal bias.

    Did Sol touch the ball/pass it back.

    Yes he did touch the ball, not sure if it was an intentional backpass so I think that the free kick was a little harsh, but if the refereee has deemed that there was intention then an indirect free kick is the right decision.

    Who's to blame?

    Flappyhandski, no doubt about it, he should never of picked that ball up. If there was even a shadow of a doubt then all he had to do was tonk the ball out, if he had time to bend down and pick the ball up, then he had enough time to pick out row K in the stand and aim the ball there.

    Was it a legit goal?

    Yes, quick thinking by the Porto players, and if we were smart enough to do it, then I would be on here today being all smug about it.

    However, imo Wenger does have some reason to feel agrieved. Henry, as some have pointed out also took advantage of quick free kicks in the past, but there's quite a difference to them and what happened last night. After the whistle had gone the referee DEMANDED to get the ball from Flappy, he was standing in front of a protesting Sol Campbell (blocking any potential movement) as he handed the ball to the Porto player, literally giving them an unfair advantage which they gleefully (and rightly) took.

    How many times have you seen an indirect free kick given in the box and there has been no time allowed for the defending team to form a wall? I can't remember that ever happening before, if you do know of a case, then I'd be glad to here it.

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  • 82. At 1:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Liam, get out of the wardrobe. There is no narnia.

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  • 83. At 1:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    GR - i think most sensible people know you are right there with regards the free kick - it was legit - but its never going to stop people complaining.

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  • 84. At 1:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @71 This made me laugh and of course I know it is true.

    I know that we don't like to see players do well against our own teams and we especially dislike it if they are smug, naturally.

    But look at players like Ryan Giggs set against players like Gary Neville. I don't think any of you non United fans are big on badge-waving Nevvers, but I expect you all respect Giggsy.

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  • 85. At 1:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Whenever Arseanl take a couple of losses, everyone wants to jump on Wenger... actually falling over themselves tonight/this morning to do so... hardly hear him mentioned when the gunners are winning though... such is life.

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  • 86. At 1:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @72, you are spot on, I feel no need to continue and explain any further

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  • 87. At 1:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    H2H - thats a good unbiased view.
    Some non footy questions for you - whats the weather like over in the Dam at the moment - im over with a couple of mates on Sat morning. Secondly, and recommendations for good coffee shops - saw one that you and BTP were discussing earlier.

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  • 88. At 1:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    44. At 1:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:
    YdissDC

    The distance from goal doesn't change the rule that the free kick can be taken as quickly as the taking team like, unless otherwise stopped by the referee.

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    Of course it does - i have seen time and time again when its a pass back like that the ref stops play to allow the defence to line the goal line.

    It was a poor decision from the ref - i dont think even you can argue that fact. And im sure if your team had conceded a goal like that then you would feel agrived.

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    I'll add another point to my reply to you above:

    If you had scored a goal in those circumstances, would you be here complaining about it? Or would you be happy you got the goal and content that it was within the rules of the game?

    Ponder on that one.

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  • 89. At 1:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Don't speak for me Eric thank you.

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  • 90. At 1:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, solomon wrote:

    I disagree with Robbo. The goal should not have been allowed. if it had been outside the 18 yard box, it would have been understandable but this was inside the 18 yard box. it was more like the Ref just gave them a free goal like Wenger said.

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  • 91. At 2:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    90. At 1:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, solomon wrote:
    I disagree with Robbo. The goal should not have been allowed. if it had been outside the 18 yard box, it would have been understandable but this was inside the 18 yard box. it was more like the Ref just gave them a free goal like Wenger said.

    ----------------------------

    What rule states a free kick cannot be taken quickly if inside the 18 yard box?

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  • 92. At 2:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    64. At 1:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Yes, that is correct. Please explain why this is relevant?
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    Any chance to have a pop at the gelled tumbler is relevant

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  • 93. At 2:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, SmartAlex wrote:

    63. The problem is you use "discretion" and "rules" in the same sentence...

    Too many (most) referees would insist on waiting for a whistle. A few "choose", "randomly", "when it suits them" to let a quick one happen.

    They all mostly let quick ones happen when it's in a non-threatening position - they all mostly insist on a whistle when it's threatening.

    Rules were first put in place to standardise - allowing discretion in situations like this defeats the object of having rules. Why bother playing FIFA/EUFA rules last night - they should have just played Hansson rules.... which is fine as long as both teams know that before the game.

    IMHO the goal was fine - I just happen to believe that in 90% of cases it wouldn't have been allowed to happen.

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  • 94. At 2:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi Baggie.

    Pretty cold at the mo, last of the snow melting here at the mo, (60km south of A'dam.) I presume you mean Amsterdam, but there are loads of places with the name Dam in them over here.

    If its just to buy, I'd reccomend coffee shops outside the centre of A'dam, but if it's just to chill then any of the ones in the area of where BTP mentioned are fine.

    Veel plezier!! (Have a good time)

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  • 95. At 2:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, freddawlanen wrote:

    Nice link TrotterUSA #23, but I prefer the snowboarder Hannah Teter
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010_swimsuit/video/hannah-teter.html ,
    if you leave the video to play it will loop snippets from all the photo shoots too ;)

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  • 96. At 2:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    89. At 1:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Don't speak for me Eric thank you.

    _________________

    No one spoke for or even TO you for that matter, so you're quite safe.

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  • 97. At 2:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Cool 91st or 3rd probably, great blog, don't know what took you so long getting hooked on snowboarding, last out olympics i was laughing at that chick who showboated in first fell on her bum and finished with nothing. Don't like showboaters me.

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  • 98. At 2:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    92. At 2:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:
    64. At 1:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Yes, that is correct. Please explain why this is relevant?
    _______________________________________
    Any chance to have a pop at the gelled tumbler is relevant

    ______________________

    Ha ha Fair enough then!

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  • 99. At 2:09pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re new keeper for Arsenal.

    This has to be our No1 priority. (All puns intended)

    For me it doesn´t necessarily have to be someone as good as Buffon, I’d be happy just as long as he’s not another bufoon.

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  • 100. At 2:09pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    Cheers H2H, and yes it was Amsterdam, my mate is the one who abbreviates it confusingly.

    Thought id got rid of snow for the year, might have to pack a jumper - boo

    It will be for chilling then so we'll prob stick to the sort of areas mentioned, now all i have to do is find that post from BTP, i knew i read it this morning so must be in 1000+ of last blog.

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  • 101. At 2:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "Hulk was marked by the markedly bigger Sol Campbell - Sol's Mum and Dad are Jamaican, so you could call that Kingston Upon Hulk, I suppose."

    Excellent stuff:)

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  • 102. At 2:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    79. At 1:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, Art wrote:
    Stop blaming the keeper what about Arsenal forwards they don't deliver do they? And also Mr Andy Townsend watch replay again and tell me when you see Fabiasnki giving ball back to Porto player
    -----------------------------------
    I think he said 'give the ball to the ref' not the Porto player, but for that incident Fabianski HAS to take the blame on 2 counts, firstly he should have wellied it into row Q, secondly he should have sacrificed himself for a yellow card by chucking the ball away or not giving it to the ref to give the defence more time.
    But its all done now, the only thing Arsenal can do about it now is grow a pair for the return leg and show that they are better than that. Not that I care about the result but its always nice to see a competitive fair match. They've gotta get someone faster than Sol on that Falcao kid and need to help Fabregas and Vermaelen coz at the moment it seems they are the only spine Arsenal have got. Walcott did well but with Bendtner asleep there was no final product again...

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  • 103. At 2:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    YDiss are you a David Eddings reader

    Few points - Fabianski & The Arsenal defence should have been more alert and not given the ref the ball or at least got someone to stand over it til they got teh wall lined up.

    As for showboating I love seeing it even if it is United getting skinned - Ronaldinho & Ronaldo are class to watch when they are at their best

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  • 104. At 2:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    But look at players like Ryan Giggs set against players like Gary Neville. I don't think any of you non United fans are big on badge-waving Nevvers, but I expect you all respect Giggsy.
    ======================================

    you are correct about "Nevvers" as you like to call him... but you got it completely wrong with your presumption about "Giggsy"... hence don't presume to speak for me.

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  • 105. At 2:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, crippledsheep wrote:

    that shaun white bloke looks like bianca from eastenders

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  • 106. At 2:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, Mancunian-in-Kenya wrote:

    I actually blurted out 'TAKATAKA!'- that means rubbish- at the 1st goal. I wanted Arsenal to lose but not in that fashion. I agree he is young and remember Casillas making a howler in his early UCL games. So, we might wonder 10 yrs from now. I think Almunia must be born of English parents, or African- our goalies are amazingly untalented!. How can a nation with Casillas, Valdes, Reina, Canizares.. have produced such a poor keeper?!

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  • 107. At 2:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @103, I would completely agree with this sentiment when it comes to the showboating by using football skills. Showboating with flicks and tricks to deceive the opponent is fantastic. Dancing about like an American Football player, however, is not what I love to see.

    Don't get me wrong, I love to see a heart-felt celebration, just no dancing about like a prick.

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  • 108. At 2:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    102
    " secondly he should have sacrificed himself for a yellow card by chucking the ball away or not giving it to the ref to give the defence more time."
    ----
    Good call, codzie.

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  • 109. At 2:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Codzie... as I have said on a number of ocassions since last night's game... Campbell was Arsenal's best player... he wasn't beaten by anyone including Falcao.

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  • 110. At 2:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, David Bull wrote:

    Did anyone else notice that the referee and Fabianski were wearing virtually the same strip last night ? Is this allowed ? Do Arsenal have a right to have the game replayed ? Certainly the referee didn't seem to be on the same side as Fabianski when the second goal was scored ....

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  • 111. At 2:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Dancing about like an American Football player, however, is not what I love to see.
    =============================

    ... unless he plays for Un**ed of course.

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  • 112. At 2:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, whatbill wrote:

    I thought the goal was fine, as with the Henry goals previously mentioned. The situation doesn't happen very often but why penalise quick thinking, and at the same time protect the team who committed the offence and then reacted so ponderously to it?

    I agree that other refs would have disallowed it but a team like Arsenal should have their house in order so if the ref favour the attacking side they are not left so exposed.

    Arsenal's wretched form in the games that really matter to them continues. It will be interesting to see if they turn it round at the Emirates...

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  • 113. At 2:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    The only two things 'big' on Neville are Adam, where are you mate? and the industrial-sized McCain Crinkle Cut on his shoulder
    And Bo I'm with you on the Giggs matter, he's a muppet, just slightly less annoying than G-Nev

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  • 114. At 2:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, poorold pensioner wrote:

    The events around the second Porto goal is what happens when you get two Arsenal players with an IQ less than their shoe size trying to play at the top level!

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  • 115. At 2:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    106. At 2:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, Mancunian-in-Kenya wrote:
    I actually blurted out 'TAKATAKA!'- that means rubbish- at the 1st goal. I wanted Arsenal to lose but not in that fashion. I agree he is young and remember Casillas making a howler in his early UCL games. So, we might wonder 10 yrs from now. I think Almunia must be born of English parents, or African- our goalies are amazingly untalented!. How can a nation with Casillas, Valdes, Reina, Canizares.. have produced such a poor keeper?!
    _______________________________________________________

    It all hit and miss really, the business of producing talented people.
    Ronaldo, Nani ?

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  • 116. At 2:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @104 Bojangles...

    Psst... I wasn't talking to you when I made that comment, so don't you worry your pretty little ego.

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  • 117. At 2:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @111 And which player are you thinking of there, WUM?

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  • 118. At 2:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, Cannons of Rhetoric wrote:

    lol@France B team! The gunners are going to bring it back for the return leg my friend!

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  • 119. At 2:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, Eewires wrote:

    #85

    when Arsenal win Wenger doesn't come on our screens and make ludicrous excuses, blaming the ref for applying the rules, or the opponents for not letting his team play like they want to, so nobody worries.

    He is undoubtedly a great manager, but he is such a bad loser that it would be better if he sent Pat Rice out to talk to the press after defeats.

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  • 120. At 2:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Giggs is class. Any football lover recognises that.

    Felt sorry for Arsenal last night - the referee that night and the one we had gives me a new found respect for English refs. They were rubbish. I thought the ref last night looked a bit like the hellboy actor myself.

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  • 121. At 2:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    both Porto goals are down to Fabiaski... enough said... whether the ref was right or wrong will not change the result... it is now up to Arsenal to try to turn things around in the second leg.

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  • 122. At 2:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    107 Eric,
    Don't get me wrong, I love to see a heart-felt celebration, just no dancing about like a....
    -----
    What do youi think of this guy then;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJn5L1nrkL4

    Video curtosy of Spit

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  • 123. At 2:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    That was hilarious H2H - was that the first point he won!

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  • 124. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @122 H2H

    I like him a lot

    But he is the exception to the rule.

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  • 125. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    116. At 2:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @104 Bojangles...

    Psst... I wasn't talking to you when I made that comment, so don't you worry your pretty little ego.
    ===========================

    Seems to me you were speaking to and for all of us when you made that sweeping statement about Giggs... I am sure there are a number of football fans that share your point of view and maybe there are a number that don't... if you only want a response from those that agree with you I suggest you make your comments to those individuals and not presume that everyone agrees with your comment.

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  • 126. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    UD, yeah, how sad is he?

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  • 127. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    I'm pretty sure the score showed he was 10-1 down! Might have got it wrong though.

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  • 128. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @125 Nope, you were wrong

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  • 129. At 2:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    It is my personal opinion (see Mods, no Libel) that the Ref last night is dangerously Anti-Catholic (as shown by his rulings against the Irish, Fabregas, Rosicky and Flappyhandski) and the matter should be taken up very seriously by UEFA, FIFA, UN Security Council, the US Department of defense (if the UN wont act) and the Intergalactic Council of Elders.

    Furhtermore he should immediately be castrated so as not to allow him to add anymore of his kind in the referee gene pool.

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  • 130. At 2:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #126 - to be fair to him I think he had his eye on another career! Not sure what it is though.

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  • 131. At 2:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @125 Naturally I was only speaking to the people who had the gaul to respond to me, even if some of the comments were not inappropriate. The only small thing which I had to say to you was a question, which you didn't even have the manners to answer.

    So from here, assume I am not talking to you unless I direct my comments at you as such.

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  • 132. At 2:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    Er, replace gaul with balls and inappropriate with appropriate.

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  • 133. At 2:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    126/7 - fair play to the guy if you are getting whooped 10 - 0 and you finally manage to score a point make the most of it, i thought it was just a good celebration until nearer the end when he went 'up in the guys face'

    Still showed more class than Adebayors celebration

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  • 134. At 2:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, ramot1985 wrote:

    Hello
    I am really fan of Juventus but from all English teams i follow Arsenal.
    First of all - utmost respect for Mr. W for what he's done for Arsenal.
    To the point-'Flappy Handies'/ Not so Fab-ianski ??????
    True - 2 mistakes: 1st one - very bad - all agree. Yes - 2 mistakes. How many good saves he had in that game?
    He played every game for his old club, then came to London and "plays" as a backup. Do you really expect someone who does not play at all to come out and save the day for you? True he makes mistakes but look at Almunia- this guy is not a keeper for top 4 club. ( Drogba shot at him he covers his face- LOL!) Lehmann was right about him - guy never played 1st goalie unitl 30 yrs old !!!!!! U hear that Mr. W?
    Stick to your policy of playing young guns.-
    give Fabianski shirt with #1 on the back- he already is better than Almunia , just needs games to build confidence.
    He is very young for a keeper and he will only get better.
    Almunia out or buy 10 - 15 mil goalie or let Fabian be #1
    Over and out

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  • 135. At 2:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    130 UD, maybe he thought he was at an audition for "So you think you can('t) Dance"

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  • 136. At 2:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    128. At 2:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, EricDantona wrote:

    @125 Nope, you were wrong
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    that was a sharp and witty response... are you a Un**ed fan by any chance??

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  • 137. At 2:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #135 H2H - he's in the running there.

    #133 Nope Adebayor's celebration was quality - apologies to the gooners that were at the match. Sorry guys - it was just hilarious...

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  • 138. At 2:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, playunextyear wrote:

    As TrotterUSA (#23) is very patriotic about who he thinks we ought to be checking out, I'd like to point y'all in the direction of Eve Muirhead, skip of GB women's curling team. She's 19, has been junior world champ a couple of times, and would look better sitting on top of a trophy cabinet than most trophies would.
    So Robbo, when Eve slides down that ice after her stone, yelling "Haaard, haaard!" at the sweepers, perhaps you may wish to have a glass of scotch handy, to steady your nerves of course.

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  • 139. At 2:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, Bluenosedfox wrote:

    Can somebody clear up something I find a tad confusing?

    I've seen it done before - a defender has passed back to the goalkeeper in acres of space and the goalkeeper has kicked it forward a bit and then proceeded to pick it up with no penalty. Watching the replay, Lukazs taps the ball with his foot and then picks it up. Have they outlawed allowing it to touch the foot first, or does the goalkeeper have to kick it a certain distance or what?

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  • 140. At 2:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ydiss wrote:

    103. At 2:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:
    YDiss are you a David Eddings reader

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    I am, good spot :)

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  • 141. At 2:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    137 UD - obviously you can tell im not a gooner, but whilst Adebayor's celebration was certainly funny, i wont disagree with that but still think it wasnt classy.

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  • 142. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, 59th_street wrote:

    120. At 2:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:
    Giggs is class. Any football lover recognises that.

    As a football lover I'd like to say that Giggs still holds my award for the most over-rated player I've ever seen.
    He is good, very good at times, but rarely merits the praise heaped on him.


    As for Arsenal's goal, Campbell seems to be escaping some of the censure for dithering a little... hopefully Fabianski will recover mentally and play in the 2nd leg.

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  • 143. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Eddie wrote:

    I see a lot of people here on this post making justification for the referee and slating Arsenal's lack of concentration for the 2nd goal.
    I would like to say here that although i am upset about the goal i accept it because I know that the decisions cannot be reversed - only ask chelsea!

    However, no one has shown any precedent to back up an indirect freekick taken in that manner, the rules of the game says and and I quote
    "all opponents must be at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the ball" I will draw your attention to the word ALL, so I dare anyone to prove that campbel was that far away from the ball and i would also go as far as saying Fabianski was not as he was retreating to the goal post.

    The fact is that what the referee did was wrong, I accept the goal as this happens in football but not someone trying to convince me that what happened was right.

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  • 144. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Anyway guys... it is Hell's angels time here... catch you all later... seeing as I don't like to go to bed having an argument... I offer my hand to you Eric... let's just say we do not agree on a number of things re Un**ed and leave it at that.

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  • 145. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Martin wrote:

    As a Canadian and business man, I must confess that while most Canadians look upon hockey as the one true sport, I look to the EPL and the Champions League as my weekly source of entertainment. Over the years I have loss complete interest in hockey as the game increasingly adopted a philosophy of winning by playing defensively. In recent years, football too have adopted this mantra. This is why I believe that "fooballing" neutrals like many Canadians and Americans adopt Brazil as their team of choice, for they entertain, and yes they far more often than not win by so doing. For me in England and Europe, Arsenal and Barcelona represents what is good about football, they make the game creative. I say all this because for the sport to continue to grow and regain its respectability, something has to be done about the increasing number of fouls on a team such as Arsenal. Having watched yesterday's game (twice to be truthful) it appears that one of Porto's strategies was to simply chop down any Arsenal player who made one or more movements with the ball. What do I recommend? The game needs to consider punishing the player and the team within the game that the offence is done. I note that some 4 or 5 Porto players were yellow carded. If these said players were to be yellow carded in the return leg at the Emirates, should Porto win, it is not Arsenal that benefits from Porto's stifling of the creative game but the team that is lucky to draw Porto. The game needs to consider equating two fouls by any one player as an automatic yellow card, and three fouls as an automatic red card. I will also suggest that any number of team fouls totalling 6 ( the number can be debated) should see a player of the team committing the foul depart from the game. Remember the game was never intended to stop the play, people don't pay and take the time to watch a game being stop, if that were the case we would all watch golf, rather we pay to watch or take the time to watch a game to see creative play.

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  • 146. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    139. At 2:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, Blue Nosed Fox wrote:
    Can somebody clear up something I find a tad confusing?

    I've seen it done before - a defender has passed back to the goalkeeper in acres of space and the goalkeeper has kicked it forward a bit and then proceeded to pick it up with no penalty. Watching the replay, Lukazs taps the ball with his foot and then picks it up. Have they outlawed allowing it to touch the foot first, or does the goalkeeper have to kick it a certain distance or what?
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    A keeper can NOT pick up or handle the ball from a back pass, except if it´s a header.

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  • 147. At 2:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, 59th_street wrote:

    @143

    but i guess most rules in the book can be ignored if there is an advantage to be gained.
    i.e. a foul must result in a free-kick etc...but sometimes doesn't if there's an advantage for the fouled team.

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  • 148. At 2:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    146. At 2:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    A keeper can NOT pick up or handle the ball from a back pass, except if it´s a header.

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    Which must always be applauded.

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  • 149. At 2:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    # 80

    Nasri, the true French gooner with Algerian parents is it mate? Must have been the referee's fault, after all, he's a referee and they all hate Arsenal don't they? I smell a bitter Arsenal fan...most of you regular Gooners (Spit etc) aren't whining like girls, although I do agree Rosicky should have been given a pen. Doesn't change the fact you had 20 minutes or more after that to sort out your tactical deficiencies and didn't do it.

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    Number one im not from algeria or france thats just my staus name idoit, secondly yes i would say 98% of it was the referee fault because that decision should never have been given and it just killed the game for us after that woeful decisions sorry but a penalty should have been given and that freekick should have been retaken and to call be a bitter arsenal is can kind of stupid really i bet if it happened to your team you would probably be the first to whine about what happened so dont come here calling me a whiner. Thirdly 20 mins of what we played rubbish and we had 5 injuries i dont think the likes of eboue,walcott would change anything in that space of time.

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  • 150. At 2:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    I'm still not sure about what Campbell wanted Fabianski to DO with the ball. Campbell had the option to kick it into touch, or to pass it back to the keeper - whose only legitimate option was to kick it into touch: Campbell, himself, was blocking off any hope of clearing the ball upfield.

    Fabianski's confidence was shot after the first goal. He subsequently made some decent, instinctive saves. The last thing he needed was a fluffed back-pass, with an attacker closing in, which left him unsure and uncertain at a key point in the game.

    Campbell should have kicked the ball off field to his left and conceded the throw in. The first, disastrous, error was his.

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  • 151. At 2:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, BowtiesAreC00l wrote:

    "the lad was afforded so much space he was ready to explore new worlds and new civilisations"

    Love it - funny as ever

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  • 152. At 2:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, vijitguns wrote:

    ROBBO

    SHOW US UR ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH

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  • 153. At 2:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Robbo instead you should write on how bad some of uefas referees are then it would be interesting to debate not about our goalkeeper

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  • 154. At 2:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, Eddie wrote:

    well @143 you must then admit that its one or the other, if a free kick is awarded then it should be done well, if its an advantage then it should be so, recall how many times Frank lampard ( westham v chelsea) had to retake his penalty as the referee judged that it was not properly conducted.
    It does not negate the advantage it gives the opposing team any foul in the penalty box i dare say is already an advantage to the opposing team.

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  • 155. At 2:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, macutd10 wrote:

    to all u gooners fans it could be worse, omg think if ye were Fiorentina fans with that complete idiot of a ref from Norway, just hoping united don't get him in any important games

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  • 156. At 2:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, Tom123 wrote:

    i thought after the henry goal a few years back, the player had to ask permission to take the quick free-kick?? the porto player clearly didn't. if i was an arsenal fan the thing i'd feel most aggrieved about would be that the referee is clearly blocking campbell from making a block. surely, even if the quick free kick is allowed, he should use his common sense to see that he contributed to it!

    that ref was again abysmal on the night.

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  • 157. At 2:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Why are Arsenal fans so touchy about a competition they're not going to win?

    It's like watching San Marino v Andorra.

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  • 158. At 2:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    153, Stop blaming the referee, we lost because we made silly mistakes.

    Ofcourse Robbo´s going to debate how bad our keeper was, last night was a comedy of errors and if it were a rival team then you would be laughing too, as wouuld I.

    If you can´t stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen (or on 606)

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  • 159. At 2:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I blame the ref, but not that ref from last night, another one!

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  • 160. At 2:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, Adnan wrote:

    Robbo, you couldn't have written a more biased article if you wanted to.

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  • 161. At 2:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    A bit of back tracking here Robbo on last weeks rather insipid and lukewarm review of the the Winter Olympics in "huskie whipper" land.
    A touch out of character I might add aswell. I find it hard to believe a "Robbo" like grandad staying up into the earlier hours in order to marvel at the wonders of backside airs, 360s and double corkscrews etc.

    The humour in the Arsenal segment as others have said was a bit labored but I agree with the general gist. Poor refereeing didnt help Arsenal but I find it difficult to have sympathy for Wenger when he so flagrantly refuses to address what has been a weak position in the Arsenal team for years. Sort it out. Have to disagree with the Campell synopsis - I really question if he has it anymore at that level and could see him getting given a real run around.

    Would have liked to see a bit more on the Man Utd game Robbo as it was a generally lively encounter. Man td rode their luck in my view as Milan squandered many decent chances. Ferdinand was lucky to escape his tackle on Ronaldinho and how about Scholes fluke? Off the wrong leg and through the defenders legs. You wont see many goals like that. I may be alone here but I didnt actually think Rooney was at his spectacular best in this game. He popped up with two crucial goals but other than maybe a 15 minte spell where Milan had the stuffing knocked out of them i didnt think Rooney had much impact at all and looked rather frustrated at his lack of involvement. Part of this mst also be credited to the ineffective Nani who was as wasteful as Ive seen. Valencia did more in 5 minutes than Nani did in the entire time he was on.

    The Beckham mania was largely unjustified - I thought Seedorf looked the better option when he came on and seems to link up better between the midfield and attackers but maybe he just doesnt have 90 minutes in him anymore.

    Anyway - a bit messy Robbo but prefferable to last weeks tepid fare.

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  • 162. At 2:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    153, Stop blaming the referee, we lost because we made silly mistakes.

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    NO because of the referrees rubbish decisions and fabianski woeful goalkeeping

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  • 163. At 2:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Go Chelsea

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  • 164. At 2:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    157. At 2:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:
    Why are Arsenal fans so touchy about a competition they're not going to win?

    It's like watching San Marino v Andorra.´
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    Or Southampton v ...

    Ha Ha, you just can´t help yourself can you mate?

    Why would you make a comment on a competition you´ve never been in or are likeky to be in in the foreseeable future?

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  • 165. At 2:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    hello to you All.

    I have not read it all yet.

    But I have to just inform everyone it was also a very bad night indeed for me. I woke up this morning to check my emails and lo and behold the final score was;

    davidgilmourthe3rd. 0 Moderators 4

    I would like assure everyone this is just a temp blip in my form and is very unlikely to be repeated. I do however envisage that I will spank them on my home turf.

    Now that I have cooled down, I will now pop off and read Robbo's Comments as well the other contributions before I chip in with my
    words, not only of wisdom, but without any abiguity as to where I sit in all this.



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  • 166. At 2:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, Gooner4Life wrote:

    I don't remember Wenger moaning. He was even laughing about it in the post match interview. While every one blames Fabianski for the second goal i attach more of the blame to Campbell cuz he "did not" need to touch the ball. I repeat he "did not" need to touch the ball. If he wanted to do something then why not just "kick" it back to the keeper or out of play instead of "touching it"?

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  • 167. At 2:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, 59th_street wrote:

    Go West

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  • 168. At 2:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    160... yes he could...


    Go on Robbo son... write a more biased article!

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  • 169. At 2:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Why are Arsenal fans so touchy about a competition they're not going to win?

    It's like watching San Marino v Andorra.´
    =========================================


    Let me ask you a question why on earth are commenting your team isnt in the top 6 ................ IN ENGLANDS SECOND DIVISION its a bit stupid comparing us to andorra v san marino when your team is managed by a rubbish manager like holloway

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  • 170. At 3:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    A touch out of character I might add aswell. I find it hard to believe a "Robbo" like grandad staying up into the earlier hours in order to marvel at the wonders of backside airs, 360s and double corkscrews etc.


    Ageist! If robbos back weren't bad and he never had his gammy knee, and countdown weren't on in a minute, he'd have you for that roach!

    Go Kidderminster Harriers!

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  • 171. At 3:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    162 If your just gonna come with silly, blinkered statements, you might find here a little more to your liking.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/ArticleSearch?contenttype=-1&phrase=Arsenal&phrase=Football

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  • 172. At 3:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    157 SF - really dangled a juicy worm there, and looks like Nasri the Tru..... was a hungry fish

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  • 173. At 3:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    S.F.

    Some fine WUMery, there sir.

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  • 174. At 3:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    # 149
    Not what I said mate
    'Number one im not from algeria or france thats just my staus name idoit'
    It seems you are the idiot, was pointing out that Nasri is not true French.
    So on two counts you are wrong. It is not the ref's fault either!
    OMG You are so blind. I won't even bother quoting the rest of what you say coz its all 'taters. Regulars will read 149 and.....oh no maybe they won't, it's pants. And my 'bitter' comment is only applied to you, not H2H, Spit, all the other guys as they're over it. Join them dude.

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  • 175. At 3:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    169. At 2:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, Nasri_The_True_French_Gooner wrote:

    Let me ask you a question why on earth are commenting your team isnt in the top 6 ................ IN ENGLANDS SECOND DIVISION its a bit stupid comparing us to andorra v san marino when your team is managed by a rubbish manager like holloway

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    Surely I'm more qualified to comment as I offer an unbiased view? (Won't mention your football knowledge)

    H2H - Why do you always bite? As I've told you before I liked Arsenal, until they sold Anders Limpar.

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  • 176. At 3:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoC wrote:

    Has Arsene employed a hypnotist/sports psychiatrist to calm his 'young' players down before the big games due to his obvious concerns over their confidence levels? If so, it's backfiring spectacularly!

    Most of the team seemed practically catatonic last night...(not just Fabianski and Campbell at the free-kick).

    The same happened in both United trouncings at the Emirates where both full-backs in particular were unbelievably lethargic...snap out of it!

    The Captain needs to get a grip and boost his team up - talking about 'schoolboy' errors when the world and his dog are criticising the Gunners lack of experience wont help either - thanks Cesc!..bet Mr.Wenger really appreciates that pep talk!

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  • 177. At 3:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, bopalula wrote:

    I don't read the comments, many of the fan boys are as puerile as the blog. Goodbye.

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  • 178. At 3:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    SF, I bite because I know it´s in fun, as are my retorts, unlike this other guy. (Codsie we don´t want him)

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  • 179. At 3:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "any foul in the penalty box i dare say is already an advantage to the opposing team." Not really. 10 yards from goal, 10 defenders blocking the shot or pass. No advantage whatsoever. Hence, if the attackers are ready, and the referee is happy, they can take it as soon as they're ready.

    Arsenal simply forgot to prevent it. The referee was bad but even a stopped clock etc...

    "160. At 2:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, Adnan wrote:
    Robbo, you couldn't have written a more biased article if you wanted to. "

    Its called opinion, not a match review.

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  • 180. At 3:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Right.

    I have read Robbo 's views and concur. I have no truck with the second goal, but was a bit miffed ( cough ) to see we were not given the pen.

    I have alluded to this elsewhere, for those who missed it;

    We all seem to be overlooking the role the Ball itself played in all this! it was under enormous pressure throughout the whole 90 mins.
    it seems clear to me the Ball played a big part in this controversy, this being the case I suggest that all Balls ( with no exceptions ) be fitted with Black Box Flight Recorders, this tecnological break through would allieviate the stress's and strain a modern Ball has to operate under.

    We shuold all put ourselves in the position of all balls for a momment.
    Balls cant speak for themselves, it up to us as Surporters to speak for them and apply pressure to effect change to the current situation, if we do not, i forsee a mass exodus of balls to the continent, once we have lost these balls we will never get them back.

    Now then as for Almunia vs Fabrinski while both appear to be somewhat letting us down a tad I do however feel fabrinski is far more atheletic than Almunia.

    as for the winter olympics I have not watched any so I cant comment.

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  • 181. At 3:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Not what I said mate
    'Number one im not from algeria or france thats just my staus name idoit'
    It seems you are the idiot, was pointing out that Nasri is not true French.
    So on two counts you are wrong. It is not the ref's fault either!
    OMG You are so blind. I won't even bother quoting the rest of what you say coz its all 'taters. Regulars will read 149 and.....oh no maybe they won't, it's pants. And my 'bitter' comment is only applied to you, not H2H, Spit, all the other guys as they're over it. Join them dude.
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    You didnt say i was french but you claimed i had algerian parents which i didnt and its just a name i made up so it doesnt have to be real , again i put out your the one in wrong you obviously didnt watch the full match or were you too buzy hearing what those idoitic pundits on bbc and sky sports had to say or read robbos biased anti-arsenal attack on arsenal goalkeepers. And im going to be a real gentleman and end this nonsense arguement on a forum cause its just sad and patheitic so im over this mate im just angry at the ref decisions and i know fabianski did do alot of blunders last night however it was also our defences fault ill have to admit as an arsenal fan.

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  • 182. At 3:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, gooonneeerrr wrote:

    firstly can i just say that robbo u r wrong on this 1, undoubtedly fabianski had a torrid game and we can make no excuse for his apparent lapse in concentration for both goals. but i make wenger right, firstly i dnt believe sol's backpass was intentional but, still, even if it was a abckpass, which i see as debatable, the rules on quick freekicks have changed since thirry's goal against villa. now a quick freekick can be taken if the referee has not arrived to where the foul was, but when the ref gets to the foul, he has to be given the ball, and the kick taker must wait for the whistel. the referee had the ball after fabianski gave the ball to him,( which yes with a bit of experience wouldnt have) but the ref should have at that point made them wait for the whistle.

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  • 183. At 3:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    177. At 3:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, bopalula wrote:
    I don't read the comments, many of the fan boys are as puerile as the blog. Goodbye.
    --------
    Well thank goodness you told us.

    Goodbye come again!! (Apu from the Simpsons accent)

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  • 184. At 3:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, Bad-Mick wrote:

    Lets be honest - Fabianski has to be finished now as an Arsenal player.
    Too many mistakes. Chelsea in cup semi, Stoke in this seasons FA Cup.

    Who should Arsene sign as the No1 keeper for the Gooners..?

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  • 185. At 3:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    bopaula.... Come back, we can change!

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  • 186. At 3:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    ohhh i forgot to add.

    my hitherto unbleamished Moderation record has now been truly sunk I think I was in fact the only regular drifter on here to not fall fowl of the stringent enforcement we have on this particular blog.

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  • 187. At 3:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    I assume by stringent you mean random

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  • 188. At 3:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Surely I'm more qualified to comment as I offer an unbiased view? (Won't mention your football knowledge)

    H2H - Why do you always bite? As I've told you before I liked Arsenal, until they sold Anders Limpar.
    =================================================


    No mate i was commenting on this fool who was a blackpool fan saying comparing us to andorra v san marino which was more of an idoitic comment to say and limpar was awful player i remember back in the days he was just bad!!!!

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  • 189. At 3:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Fabianski should have the Fab legally stripped off his name, to be known as Lucas Antsy-Hands.

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  • 190. At 3:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Save yourself RBA, its too late for me.

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  • 191. At 3:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    140. At 2:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, YdissDC wrote:
    103. At 2:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:
    YDiss are you a David Eddings reader

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    I am, good spot :)
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    I have all of his books apart from High Hunt which I never enjoyed. Why a Eunuch though surely there were a lot of better characters like Issus or Kheldar/ Silk that you could have picked or does being a Nyissan say something about your personality - well at least not Sariss or Adiss though eh

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  • 192. At 3:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Manchester United defender John O'Shea is a summer target for Spanish champions Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
    Full story: imscouting.com

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    The Barcelona players are wetting themselves when they release these stories...

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  • 193. At 3:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, 59th_street wrote:

    @180
    surely by empathising and encouraging the balls they will eventually become elevated to such a position whereby they have an inflated sense of their own worth...

    sphere we go again

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  • 194. At 3:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Fabianski is the best keeper in the world so stop hating

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  • 195. At 3:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Rumors were he had bid for T. Sorensen in Jan window. I do not think there is need to sign any keeper yet. We have Vito Mannone who was excellent in 2-3 PL games he played so far.

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  • 196. At 3:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Looks like imscouting.com is an upcoming newspaper and wants to up its sales in the Catalunya region, hence they come up with impossible rumors day in-day out.

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  • 197. At 3:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    the lad was afforded so much space he was ready to explore new worlds and new civilisations.
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    thats funny because in his grab a granny days noone could accuse him of boldly going where no man has gone before

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  • 198. At 3:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    I go away on business for an hour and you lot sod off to a new blog and give me 200 comments to read ....

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  • 199. At 3:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    do none of you Gooners recall a keeper named Vito?!

    played wonderfully earlier this season, did he not? 1 or 2 minor errors, but nothing Almunianski-esque.

    was he not on the bench last night?

    is this all too obvious for us to discuss?!

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  • 200. At 3:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, p jombe wrote:

    fair comment about Arsene and Arsenal

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  • 201. At 3:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    SF - Didnt know you were a Blackpool fan? well 'Nasri the' seems to think so.

    Also that gossip story gave me a chuckle as well.

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  • 202. At 3:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    Sorry star, its all the reasoned debate that takes up so many comments.

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  • 203. At 3:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I blame the ref, but not the same one i blamed last time, a different one...

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  • 204. At 3:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, gooonneeerrr wrote:

    Firstly can i just say that robbo u r wrong on this 1, undoubtedly fabianski had a torrid game and we can make no excuse for his apparent lapse in concentration for both goals. but i make wenger right, firstly i dnt believe sol's backpass was intentional but, still, even if it was a abckpass, which i see as debatable, the rules on quick freekicks have changed since thirry's goal against villa. now a quick freekick can be taken if the referee has not arrived to where the foul was, but when the ref gets to the foul, he has to be given the ball, and the kick taker must wait for the whistel. the referee had the ball after fabianski gave the ball to him,( which yes with a bit of experience wouldnt have) but the ref should have at that point made them wait for the whistle.......... neddless to mention the blatent penalty miss 2 as we no what shood have been given................and also no vito mannone? are you serously going to consider him to be a number 1 of a top 4 premier league club.

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  • 205. At 3:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    I blame RBA for making all the refs scared with his indiscriminate blaming

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  • 206. At 3:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, ironfist007 wrote:

    Fantastic post as usual Robbo!

    Everything you have stated about the Arsenal Team is spot on - especially about the Keeper issues! I cannot believe that Wenger has trusted Almunia for the last 2 or so seasons as he is average at best which is not good enough for a club like Arsenal who believe they are genuine Premiership and Champions League contenders!

    The less said about Lukasz Fabianski the better! I almost felt sorry for him yesterday - he was that much out of his depth!

    Finally, are you a closet Chucklevision fan as you seem to mention them quite a few times in all your posts?

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  • 207. At 3:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    This SF - NAasri stuff is a bit reminiscent of PSB vs the Onion only not as entertaining. It appears that SF was alluding to the fact that Nasri (the player not the blogger)has Algerian parents and is theerfore not actually French although he gerw up there

    Nasri (teh blogger not player) denised he is French or has Algerian parents and then cast aspersions on the management skills of Ian Holloway the Blackpool Manager (not sure why) and then fragged in Andorra & San Marino.

    To clear this up some facts

    Samir Nasri grew up in France so we'lllet him be French
    He does indeed have Algerian parents
    If San Marino played Andorra what would be worse their defending or attacking (bet it would be 0-0 with the entire game played in midfield where they lose possession to each other and then get it back for 90 minutes) and are tehn banned for eternity from football for Being Boring (wonder if we could get rid of the Germans that way
    Ian Holloway is actually a decent manager and if he gets Blackpool up then I will be impressed mightily.

    And finally and most importantly - Arsenal have no chance of winning the Champions League (and hopefully will get United in the semis again)

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  • 208. At 3:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I also blame Aron Venger, he is the le prof look-alike who gives the post match rants and has everyone thinking that Arsene Wenger (the real one, well one of them) is an angry bitter little cheat... When we all know he is one cool cat...

    Dam you aron venger!

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  • 209. At 3:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, collie21 wrote:

    129 Spitfire........it won't work the guy is a clone of Sepp Blatter allegedly

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  • 210. At 3:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    BAggie, are you a ref? If you are its all your fault (my apologies to the first two refs i incorectly blamed)

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  • 211. At 3:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, collie21 wrote:

    use the force Fluke

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  • 212. At 3:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    34. At 1:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    #25

    Indeed i did get first comment again, however, one thing you should notice is that although i am often 1st to comment i never put "1st comment" as i think it is an extremly anal thing to do!!!! so i make it my mission to be first on every blog to rid the post board of such moronic comments
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    oi labia?nein! (thats rooney being rejected by a german granny) who are you calling anal?

    im only here in the desperate hope of being able to post "1st comment" set me free, robbo - always do the first comment yourself. something witty like "afternoon" maybe

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  • 213. At 3:30pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    207. At 3:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    This SF - NAasri stuff is a bit reminiscent of PSB vs the Onion only not as entertaining. It appears that SF was alluding to the fact that Nasri (the player not the blogger)has Algerian parents and is theerfore not actually French although he gerw up there

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    Nothing to do with me Adam. Please check your facts...

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  • 214. At 3:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, gooonneeerrr wrote:

    Firstly can i just say that robbo u r wrong on this 1, undoubtedly fabianski had a torrid game and we can make no excuse for his apparent lapse in concentration for both goals. but i make wenger right, firstly i dnt believe sol's backpass was intentional but, still, even if it was a abckpass, which i see as debatable, the rules on quick freekicks have changed since thirry's goal against villa. now a quick freekick can be taken if the referee has not arrived to where the foul was, but when the ref gets to the foul, he has to be given the ball, and the kick taker must wait for the whistel. the referee had the ball after fabianski gave the ball to him,( which yes with a bit of experience wouldnt have) but the ref should have at that point made them wait for the whistle.......... neddless to mention the blatent penalty miss 2 as we no what shood have been given................and also no vito mannone? are you serously going to consider him to be a number 1 of a top 4 premier league club.

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  • 215. At 3:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Every son of Algerian parents cannot be Zidane. Nasri has to learn that. He was too ineffective yesterday. He wasnt passing the ball as we would have liked to see him doing.

    Unfortunate!

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  • 216. At 3:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Great ping pong link H2H/Spit

    Only thing missing is a Wacko Jako "Eeehh Heeee"!!!

    Its taking ages to keep up with this blog!!!!

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  • 217. At 3:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    Cor, how about this for indiscipline ...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/8521557.stm

    SIX red cards lol lol lol

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  • 218. At 3:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    i got de javu... i knew i was gonna say that and that and that and that and that and that well you get the gag....

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooner, turn it in son... we all heard ya!

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  • 219. At 3:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    FBH

    "Eeehh Heeee"!!!

    There you go

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  • 220. At 3:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    yes, from what we've seen so far, Vito can be a top keeper....when you've got 2 proven Shiite keeper, and one top young talent, why be so careful with trying the talented one?

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  • 221. At 3:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    Also, how much more does a team have to do before being declared bankrupt?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/8522283.stm

    Time to yank the plug as they're blatently trading while insolvent now ...

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  • 222. At 3:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "192. At 3:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Manchester United defender John O'Shea is a summer target for Spanish champions Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
    Full story: imscouting.com

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    The Barcelona players are wetting themselves when they release these stories..."

    First, they can't afford him. Second, without reading it, did it actually say transfer target, or just a target for mocking?

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  • 223. At 3:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    nani is bent double under the weight of expectations, he's flappyhandskiing downhill. the spoilt bling kids are boys whove been in the bubble too long and cant mature into men. they should be sent on loan to a building site to grow up.

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  • 224. At 3:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, The TM wrote:

    Kingston upon Hulk........... Robbo, You never seem to amaze me. You just made my dday, and so I'm going home now. Bye.........

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  • 225. At 3:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    210 - RBA - im not a ref, but feel free to clame me anyway, i was watching the game and as everyone knows observing something changes the outcome.

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  • 226. At 3:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    217 - 6 Red cards - 5 of which were for verbally abusing the ref - that really is a case of in for a penny in for a pound.

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  • 227. At 3:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    226. At 3:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:
    217 - 6 Red cards - 5 of which were for verbally abusing the ref - that really is a case of in for a penny in for a pound.

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    Some serious problem with Ref then... not players!!

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  • 228. At 3:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    This SF - NAasri stuff is a bit reminiscent of PSB vs the Onion only not as entertaining. It appears that SF was alluding to the fact that Nasri (the player not the blogger)has Algerian parents and is theerfore not actually French although he gerw up there

    Nasri (teh blogger not player) denised he is French or has Algerian parents and then cast aspersions on the management skills of Ian Holloway the Blackpool Manager (not sure why) and then fragged in Andorra & San Marino.


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    Yo man just to say i ended that dispute over 5 mins ago dont get me involved in another debate on this forum but thanks for clearing things up some people need to be clearer

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  • 229. At 3:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Gentlemen! Surely everyone is missing the point on the 2nd goal last night - I do not have a problem with the back pass-pick up as everyone gets caught in two minds once in a while - mistakes happen. What I cannot believe is the reaction afterwards especially by Flappyianski. The Portuguese player tries to wrestle the ball off of him, quite clearly looking for the quick free kick - why did he not a) throw the ball away or keep hold of it b) get prepared for the possibility of the quick free kick? Sitting on my sofa here in Colombia many thousands of miles away and I could see there plan, why not Flappy pants?!

    Also, it is one of those situations where the ref seems to encourage Porto's move, he seemed just as eager to get the ball back of Fabianski as the Portuguese player. It screamed of a guy wanting to be a part of a goal and knowing his decision was correct so the limelight would be on him without any blame attached - this is not a ref's job.

    And before anyone comes back at this with Henry's cheeky free kicks a couple of years ago, I thought that was wrong then. Again, not because of what Henry did, but the active role of the ref who saw the opportunity just like Henry, quickly raised his arm to allow play on and then watched as his (legal) action led to a goal. Lets face it - refs love the limelight and situations like these allow them to get as close to the goalsheet as they ever can.

    Gentlemen - your opinions please!

    .....Well maybe not JDR's - I'm a little scared of your wrath!! lol

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  • 230. At 3:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    nani, wouldn't las t a day on a building site, by half ten he be locked inside a porta-loo, crying to himself with nothing but the foul stench of excrement and old torn porno for company... Bit like being transfered to pompey, but with porno.

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  • 231. At 3:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    #212

    There is nothing wrong with being civil mate, manners cost nothing.

    And if you are only here to write "1st post" get here earlier.

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  • 232. At 3:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    in all seriousness (no, seriously!) - can anyone honestly look at that 2nd goal and not see anything fishy going on?

    yes, it's down to the keeper's idiocy, and Sol's ill-timed pouting... but WTF is the ref doing?!
    WHY is the ref in such a hurry to get the ball from Antsy to give to Porto?
    and why is he setting a basketball pick on Sol, blocking him from his belated effort to get in front of the ball?

    watch it again - there's no way the ref's handling of this can be deemed acceptable... unless you ask UEFiFA.

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  • 233. At 3:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    227 - the guy should of used the tourettes defence, im sure he could of got at least a couple of the cards recinded

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  • 234. At 3:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    188. At 3:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, Nasri_The_True_French_Gooner wrote:
    No mate i was commenting on this fool who was a blackpool fan saying comparing us to andorra v san marino which was more of an idoitic comment to say and limpar was awful player i remember back in the days he was just bad!!!!
    ____

    Would that be the Blackpool fan who supports Southampton????

    Give it a rest son, that hole you're in is only getting deeper.

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  • 235. At 3:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Exactly Denis!

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  • 236. At 3:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    221. At 3:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
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    Pretty deperate stuff from Portsmouth. Begging to be allowed to sell players. Short of a car boot sale thats about as low as you can get. 2 for 1 on any Portsmouth defenders. Strikers at half price.

    Does anyone know what happens to the players if the club and its assets are liquidated? I assume they will be sold on in order to generate cash to meet the clubs outstanding obligations rather than just be released as free agents? If this is the case and it occurs outside the transfer window does that mean that the players are inelligible until next season if actually bought as opposed to being free agents?

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  • 237. At 3:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    they'll get an administration order to limp them through to the end of the season and then liquidate them (might be the only way Grimsby will stay in the league)

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  • 238. At 3:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    Denis, you've sold me ...the invitation to the League of Cheating Weasels has been sent to that ref.

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  • 239. At 3:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    EW - i mentioned that earlier but no one (incluing SF himself) seemed to pick up on it.

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  • 240. At 3:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Baggie, I'd have thought the clue was in the word "Southern"? But hey, perhaps he's confusing Blackpool with Bournemouth.

    Oooh btw, who's 3 points clear in the Championship? (*innocent face*)

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  • 241. At 3:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    If they're liquidated then if I remember right the players' contracts will be torn up because they're not going to get paid by the club till the end of the year.

    They'll effectively be free agents, able to join whatever club will have them and able to play immediately.

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  • 242. At 3:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, Katrina wrote:

    Now at least thats one French Man that knows what its like to be robbed by that Referee!!

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  • 243. At 3:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, Geordie2004 wrote:

    Careful with those WWF/Wrestling references, Robbo... You don't wanna make the real WWF mad.

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  • 244. At 3:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    thank you, Tom... thought i was alone on this.

    ps. if you're indeed Swedish, could you kindly have the authorities revoke that ref's passport? i hate to imagine what havoc he's set to wreak in South Africa!

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  • 245. At 3:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    If (when??) Pompey go bust then maybe they shoudld promote 4 teams from the championship - and Im not being biased - honest!!

    Eeeh Heee to Adam!!

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  • 246. At 3:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    138...my patriotism never went beyond the white cliffs but I can still appreciate a foreign lass for whatever qualities she might reveal and I suspect subliminally I've accepted that the athletic endeavour associated with going down at 90mph on two planks makes comparisons with curlers redundant, however, I will resolve to look into the matter.

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  • 247. At 3:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    EW - yeah that what I thought (plus the fact i know he is a Southampton fan from previous dialogue)

    And yeah, did ntoice that them there Geordies have regained the lead, oh well, waht can you do - next 3 games for both teams are all against mid table opposition - so we both need to get 9 pts, either who doesn't could be giving an edge.

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  • 248. At 3:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    EW
    "Give it a rest son, that hole you're in is only getting deeper."

    Well said mate - why is it that some seem to have a particualr expertise in the use of the spade???

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  • 249. At 3:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    241. At 3:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
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    Is it immediate though or do they wait til the end of the season to liquidate? If its immediate you have to assume then the league is just reduced to 19 teams as the players become free agents. If it happens at the end of the season what happens if Portsmouth are able to find an investor before the end of the season?

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  • 250. At 3:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Afternoon all!!

    Jacks, you keeping the sanctuary in order while i've been away?

    FBH, i was in the Myton on Tuesday night, looked for a guy that looked like a "Terry", but not to be! It was a class night all the same in yarm!!

    We got no chance this summer without Rooney - please stay fit Wayne!!!

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  • 251. At 3:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I think they should do a names in hat style draw from all the football leagues (sorry whitley just the proper ones) and who ever they pick gets pompeys spot in the prem... (this is if pompey sink)...

    Cripes imagine that you team gets promtoed form playing in league 2 to welcoming cash strapped clubs who have over spent and have huge debts shadowing them... Ah well, we play Notts County on saturday... so no such luck.












    hang on!

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  • 252. At 3:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    You watch, Forest are gonna kick it from both of us at this rate.

    Still, could be worse. I could also support Ipswich....oh wait.

    Well, crap.

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  • 253. At 3:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    EW and Baggie - I am not talking to either of you two - until we beat one of you in teh PO final ??? And I bet you are gutted - anout not talking, I suspect you really arent fussed about PO final?? :)

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  • 254. At 3:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    JDR@249: I think points should be dedcuted from Pompey and allow them to complete the season. They certainly play with much more passion that Mickey's Wolves.

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  • 255. At 3:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    245. At 3:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    If (when??) Pompey go bust then maybe they shoudld promote 4 teams from the championship
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    Great idea Welcome to the Premier League Newcastle, West Brom, Forest & Blackpool

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  • 256. At 3:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Trott - 90mph "on two planks" - you on about the chuckle brothers again mate???

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  • 257. At 3:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Ngog, Welcome! Where have you been all along the Champs League action? Hope you are good!

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  • 258. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    253. At 3:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    EW and Baggie - I am not talking to either of you two - until we beat one of you in teh PO final
    _______

    Who said that?!

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  • 259. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    JDR, once the club is liquidated, all the players are liquified.


    This liquid is then used to grow artificial stem cells to be used in FIFA labs to create Referees.

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  • 260. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Ngog - no worries mate - I was in between 7 and 7.20 and coulndnt see a dark skinned chappy in a Liverpool top - oh hang on ??? I knew I should have worn me carnation.
    I ended up in the Geroge - it was a good laff - my only regret was when I pooped out to go thebank I realised the place was fulol of pretty ladies (in the voice of Stepehn K Amos for those that have seen the stage perfomance) - it was a good night. Another time mate if the chance arises.

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  • 261. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Hi Sharp,

    Unfortunately i was recovering on wednesday and been busy all morning today.

    Glad to be back and feeling much better, thanks for asking mate!

    Can anyone explain why only 2 matches per night in Champs League?

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  • 262. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    The decision to liquidate would be down to HMRC and weather they believe Pompey are trading while insolvent as I understand things JDR.

    If they do take that view its their obligation to step in and put an end to the club or they'll just keep on racking up more bad debts as they have been to other teams and companies with no hope of said creditors ever seeing that money.

    As it is all that saved them last week was the claim that they had investors in the wings but we all know that if we had a quid for ever time we've heard that about Pompey this year we'd have enough to wipe out the debt at Man U.

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  • 263. At 4:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    254. At 3:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, SharpShooters11 wrote:
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    Yes but a couple things on that.

    First - if the contracts are just nulled as Starfire said and the players become free agents, surely they would all just leave to other clubs leaing Portsmouth with no real squad to speak of.

    And if, hypothetically, between now and the end of the season Portsmouth some how find an investor I imagine that the club gets docked the points, will almost certainly be relegated, but will not actually be wound up and will start next season in the Championship.

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  • 264. At 4:03pm on 18 Feb 2010, Eddie wrote:

    just going to say one last thing about that goal to get it out of my system, the referee did not raise his hand up as he should during the indirect freekick or should i say indirect penalty, there is a nice picture gallery on this link supporting that


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1251862/Porto-2-Arsenal-1-Graham-Poll--ref-Martin-Hansson-right-allow-Falcaos-bizarre-goal-stand.html


    enough said!! now i feel better.

    Now Arsene must surely be saying to himself am i exposing this young players a lot, i remember Toure making horrible mistakes when he just started his Arsenal career, the difference then was that we had match winners who will go ahead and win the game and then the mistakes don't matter as much. I maybe would have been laughing if we went away and won the game.

    As for Portsmouth I really do feel a bit miffed by all this, surely someone has to say "hang on" why are all this buyers so interested in the club only to sell it in a few months time.... hmmm

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  • 265. At 4:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    RE 261: Could be because both Milan's drew home games

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  • 266. At 4:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    FBH, i was running late buddy and so didnt get there until around 7:30! I must've just missed you?!
    I went in the George later on as the Myton didnt have the game on.
    It was a good night in the keys, although was rough on wed.
    I'll let you know when i'm next there!

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  • 267. At 4:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    261. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ngog And Kiss It wrote:
    Hi Sharp,

    Unfortunately i was recovering on wednesday and been busy all morning today.

    Glad to be back and feeling much better, thanks for asking mate!

    Can anyone explain why only 2 matches per night in Champs League?

    \ngog - let me guess - telly???

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  • 268. At 4:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    258 - I dont know its like this mysterious writing appeared on the wall - must be a ghost.

    As much as i want forest to go up i dont want it to be at the expense of West Brom, and i dont see it been at the barcodes expense either.

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  • 269. At 4:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    i.e. money

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  • 270. At 4:07pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Hi FBH,

    Just read your last post (260 incase you post while I am typing this).
    I know you are a single man, but may I advise you not to see the pretty ladies while you are pooped out?

    cant imagine they'll be much impressed.

    Then again, funny lot, them smoggies.

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  • 271. At 4:07pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    262. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
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    You would have to imagine then that the club would basically cease to be in the Premier League which would lead to some problems with the remaining fixtures. If all the players immediately become out of contract then surely Portsmouth couldnt feild anything like a meaningful team.

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  • 272. At 4:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Spit - lol:)

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  • 273. At 4:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    268. At 4:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:
    As much as i want forest to go up i dont want it to be at the expense of West Brom, and i dont see it been at the barcodes expense either.
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    It's ok Baggie, I'll let your lot win the playoffs :)

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  • 274. At 4:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I blame the parents of the referees and the parents of the parents of the referees, and the masons...

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  • 275. At 4:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Dont we love them, them Dutch?

    All I can say, is I totally agree. Be careful what you post online.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8521598.stm

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  • 276. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    Looks like we are having half the games week 1/half week 2 and then a week break before consecutive weeks 3 and 4. So sounds like TV influence to me, pplaying the same number of games in 5 weeks instead of 3 now.

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  • 277. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, Unbiased soccer fan wrote:

    Well I agree with comment #14...It is so sad when people compare th Thierry free kick with the Porto goal. It si obvious that you are missing Wenger's point. Wenger is just saying as a Ref Hansson was supposed to give Arsenal a chance to defend the ball given the position of the indirect free kick. IT WAS BETTER THAN A PENALTY if you dont allow defenders to get into position.

    In the Thierry incident, the wall was in place and the Kepper was fooling around. They were given time to defend the ball.

    If you guys can not see the logic in Wenger's argument then WOW...Amazing

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  • 278. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    This liquid is then used to grow artificial stem cells to be used in FIFA labs to create Referees.

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    As Kings Lynn was teh last one to go that explains a lot

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  • 279. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    THe masons??? What the Freemasons RBA???

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  • 280. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    EW - how nice of you, im sure 'ghost' is not going to be happy about that.

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  • 281. At 4:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, rjaggar wrote:

    Wenger had a right to be pissed off with the ref for not awarding a pen at 1-1. Stonewall and clear as a dye. He didn't although he did judge Gerrard's imitation of Tom Daley worthy of a go from the high board a while back. 'Inconsistent' is I think the term for it all coined by Tony Pulis this week.......FC would be my non-PC description.......

    Half the Arsenal boys though were playing like they were spaced out: couldn't pass a ball 10 yards to feet some of them. Taking 2 minutes to control the ball on the deck. Still, they played like plonkers and are still in the tie. Onward and upward.....

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  • 282. At 4:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    No FBH, Steve Mason and his brother Ian... Bleedign MAsons ruining this country...

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  • 283. At 4:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Whoooooaaaaahhhhhhh!

    Can you beleive I put a large white sheet over my head to type that??

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  • 284. At 4:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    280. At 4:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:
    EW - how nice of you, im sure 'ghost' is not going to be happy about that.
    ______

    I'm sure he'll take it in good spirit! (weak pun alert)

    I saw an apparition the other day. I didn't even know Appar was a country!

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  • 285. At 4:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "185. At 3:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    bopaula.... Come back, we can change!
    "

    Your wasting your breath - its not you its him.

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  • 286. At 4:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    It'll be freefall for Pompey if they did what Chester are doing now or Weymouth did last year and release their senior players and limp through the year on what's in the youth or academy teams due to not having the funds to pay them.

    There'll be the headache of all the teams still to play basically being guaranteed easy wins while those who have already played them will complain about being at a disadvantage.

    The only effective solution for that would be to exponge Pompey's record from the league. Mind as I remember you saying you support Kidderminster I'm guessing you're looking intently at the situation Chester are currently in.

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  • 287. At 4:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    FBH - I really can, and no use trying to scare me with your 'ghosty' antics, I know who im going to call.....

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  • 288. At 4:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "285. At 4:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:
    "185. At 3:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    bopaula.... Come back, we can change!
    "

    Your wasting your breath - its not you its him.
    "

    What am I saying? Its you!

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  • 289. At 4:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I think my strategy has backfired on me - please talk to me - pity me - feel sorry for me - Im a Boro fan - and we arent even in the play offs!!!

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  • 290. At 4:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, Unbiased soccer fan wrote:

    Also the only reason why most people thnink Wenger us always whining is because he is an intelligent man who puts thought to most issues. Most of us are not smart enough to actually know that there are always 2 sides to every story.

    We are also not intelligent enough to understand a smart man's arguments. So leave the guy alone. I'm a Man Utd fan and think this is one guy who makes sense all the time. Unlike Fergie and Benitez.

    If you guys honestly think he was not making sense yesterday then we must be ;leaving in different worlds.

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  • 291. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    FBH - dont worry i have always felt sorry for you as a Boro fan.

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  • 292. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    UD, thought as much...

    Have you heard about man united today though... cant believe more people on here haven't been discussing it... Woah!

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  • 293. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "274. At 4:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    I blame the parents of the referees and the parents of the parents of the referees, and the masons...
    "

    I blame the carpenters and the electricians. But mainly the carpenters - damn their catchy lyrics.

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  • 294. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    138, the curler lass you nominated certainly looks the part. Good shout.

    http://nimg.sulekha.com/Sports/original700/eve-muirhead-2009-3-24-8-30-56.jpg

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  • 295. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I saw an apparition the other day. I didn't even know Appar was a country!

    EW - that reminds me - I introduced my 8 yr old daughter to a mate of mine the other day - he is called Nasser - later on she said "I thought Nasser has something to do with Space" - took me a while but she meant NASA - clever girl my Emily - she also likes the phrase "Mint init" - Im not so happy about that.

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  • 296. At 4:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #292 - about Joke hole?

    Go Chelsea!

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  • 297. At 4:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, J wrote:

    I hope arsenal progress and arsene as he always does, keeps that blind faith in his footballing philosophy.He as done well against a freak of a team like man utd over the years, and can boast of playing better football then any team on the planet when in flow, he as stood against the russian machine,another freak of nature In mourhino.

    I can only applaud his efforts,the faith instored at the highest degree but I do feel sorry for him, many players have let him and his legacy down, with the wealth of some clubs have, arsene would of been prolific but that's never here or there,His decisions to live with.

    I do hope he stick's around In the premier leauge and grander yet, he may find himself a decent keeper.

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  • 298. At 4:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jesus was a carpenter, i for one belive the crucifix was just wood getting his own back...

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  • 299. At 4:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    FBH - that needs to be stamped out (not literally) quickly use of the word 'mint' or the pseudo-word 'init' aer both bad but combined have the power to destroy the world

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  • 300. At 4:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "283. At 4:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Whoooooaaaaahhhhhhh!

    Can you beleive I put a large white sheet over my head to type that??
    "

    And a pointy hat?

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  • 301. At 4:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "299. At 4:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:
    FBH - that needs to be stamped out (not literally) quickly use of the word 'mint' or the pseudo-word 'init' aer both bad but combined have the power to destroy the world
    "

    Init!

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  • 302. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    No UD, i dont actually know of anything of interest thats happened to united today, just being a pr!ck... you know me....

    wacka-wacka...

    But the Joe Cole thing is interesting, i thought you had fille dyou quotat for permenently injured englad hopefulls with Owen Hargreives... Dont think he'll leave chelsea though...

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  • 303. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    299. At 4:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:
    FBH - that needs to be stamped out (not literally) quickly use of the word 'mint' or the pseudo-word 'init' aer both bad but combined have the power to destroy the world

    Baggie - uhave just been promoted - that is a blogdignagism!!! :)

    UD - Im not going there - just about ruined the last blog :)

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  • 304. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    301... mint fella!

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  • 305. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    UnbiasedSoccerFan, would it bias of me to suggest you might not be unbiased?

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  • 306. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    294. At 4:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:
    138, the curler lass you nominated certainly looks the part. Good shout.

    http://nimg.sulekha.com/Sports/original700/eve-muirhead-2009-3-24-8-30-56.jpg
    _______________________________________________

    Yes Trott. She does look as she is definitely up for the job.

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  • 307. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    FBH - what do you mean - it made it!

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  • 308. At 4:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    "UD - Im not going there - just about ruined the last blog :)"

    Thats a yes then... racist!

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  • 309. At 4:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, Ted_Breakfast wrote:

    For me I dont think I would have minded so much with the free kick if the ref had blown up indicated it was a free kick and the porto players took the ball and took it, as would happen in open play in the middle of the pitch. However the fact that the ref stopped the game, demanded the ball and stood over the free kick as you would see in a free kick where the ref is going to blow the wistle before you can take it it just seemed slightly wrong. Granted Arsenal should have reacted quicker but if they had they still wouldent have had time to defend it properly. When have you ever seen a free kick for a pass back where the opposing team hasnt had plenty of time to build a wall? I havent.

    For people comparing it to Henry, just because he did it dosen't make it right, and it was a slightly differant situation. Also remember he tried doing it a few times after that and wasn't allowed.

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  • 310. At 4:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    UD - in a way it did - just not enuf jokes - mind you there was one big joke - but again Im not going there :)

    LIVERPOOLS oppoents tonight beat the Gers at Ibros 4 1 in October - may be a good game Ngog/Tommy!?!?

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  • 311. At 4:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #302 - RBA - I only answered cos I thought I should know! Games up now init - minted (does that count)! The only interesting thing to me is when the Glazers sell up if I'm honest.

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  • 312. At 4:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    302. At 4:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    wacka-wacka...
    ____

    Wait, RBA is Fozzie Bear and/or Pacman????

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  • 313. At 4:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Only joshing FBH, i know your no racist....

    Who won the race class war anyway... i joined in earlier and lost interest at that point...

    I had at 2-1 to the right wingers...? But you know what they say the cpatilist machine is oiled by the blood of the workers, and we all hate leeds scum, we all hate leeds scum...

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  • 314. At 4:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "UD - in a way it did - just not enuf jokes - mind you there was one big joke - but again Im not going there :)"

    I love it when people say "they are not going there" when they've not just gone there, they're there when they say it. But I'm not going there...

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  • 315. At 4:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Good news for Arsenal - I suspect Boro could be persuaded to let Brad Jones leave for a fee - as long as we dont have to pay you too much???

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  • 316. At 4:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    303 - Woo promotion are we taking pompeys place early :P

    AS for the last blog was a bit heavy for me at work, dont have time to sit and read and digest whole essays and then come up with a reasoned response.
    Implying people on here are ghosts is much better

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  • 317. At 4:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    RBA - mint init (ever wish you didnt start sumat that you had started???)

    UD - you should have read what I was gunna say but Im not going there - dang did it agen!!! You clever sophist you!!!

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  • 318. At 4:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Im actualy Tupacman, a gangster cirle with an apetite for fruit and hoes, i made it to the level outside the tyson fight... But cant get pased that bit...



    (i'm gonna guess a fonzie bear happy days parody may have gone down better with the robbo crowd???)

    ayyyyyyyyyyyy!

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  • 319. At 4:32pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #316 - I'd laugh if they literally swapped places with a championship club half way through the season and gave them the ousted club's points tally.

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  • 320. At 4:32pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    1447 GMT: Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones says that the speculation linking him with Liverpool in January upset his form and that he does not want to leave the Black Cats.
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    Poor lad. who can blame him.

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  • 321. At 4:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    317, no


    GO CHELSEA!

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  • 322. At 4:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    1155 GMT: Reports in the Israeli press claim that Birmingham City are ready to offer 2m euros to sign 22-year-old Israeli striker Itay Shechter from Hapoel Tel Aviv.
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    Just make sure to check his passport is mint.
    You never know!

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  • 323. At 4:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    286. At 4:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Im just wondering if the FA has a preset position on it given the numerous problems it is likely to cause, or is a case by case basis.

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  • 324. At 4:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Innit?

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  • 325. At 4:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #318 - you sure your not just a two headed coloured circle with a big mouth that runs around an arcade game all day waiting to be eaten? Init.

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  • 326. At 4:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    2million Euros - no way - now if it was 2million lira - oh hang on??

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  • 327. At 4:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Mint.

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  • 328. At 4:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    After dinner init!

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  • 329. At 4:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Go Urinea???

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  • 330. At 4:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    318. At 4:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Im actualy Tupacman, a gangster cirle with an apetite for fruit and hoes, i made it to the level outside the tyson fight... But cant get pased that bit...
    ____

    So if you're Tupacman then you're dead as well? First FBH now RBA.

    ISN'T ANYONE ON THIS BLOG ALIIIIVVEEEE?

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  • 331. At 4:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Ok I didn't want that to be my last post. Carry on.

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  • 332. At 4:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    NO, tupac is dead tupacman is alive and well...

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  • 333. At 4:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    ANyway chaps - and in the words of Paris Hilton (eh) "I have a life to get to" - thats one in the eye for coweslepe - catch ya later - mint init??

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  • 334. At 4:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    EW,

    we are alive mate. We are just not real, init?

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  • 335. At 4:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #318 Gangster circle? Appetite for fruit? That is pacman!

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  • 336. At 4:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #333 You gone and went there init. See what you started baggie.

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  • 337. At 4:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Bags, if you can speak to dead people you could take over from derek ancorrah, he is busy this week comunicating with pompey for the high court...

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  • 338. At 4:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    Unlike FBH - no life to go to, but got some work to finish (i mean start - i blame you robbosblog) before clocking off time, back on the moro.

    GO CHELSEA! mint init!!

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  • 339. At 4:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Or in the words of the Bee Gees - Staying Alive Init

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  • 340. At 4:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, BaggieMike wrote:

    One last post:
    336 - im sorry so very very sorry.

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  • 341. At 4:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "259. At 4:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    JDR, once the club is liquidated, all the players are liquified.
    This liquid is then used to grow artificial stem cells to be used in FIFA labs to create Referees."

    You've seen their players right? Mind you, would still be an improvement.

    My understanding is that Portsmouth would cease to be immediately, the players registrations would still be held by those in charge, because they are worth money. But as with a Bailif selling off your TV for 1/3 its actual value, there would be some deals to be had.

    As long as they're still a functioning club, the players would be sold for closer to normal value, so you can see the logic.

    I'm sure happy Harry has his eye on some dead wood there. Not to mention Wenger who needs a new reliable keeper...

    oh God... that would make SO happy.

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  • 342. At 4:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #338 - I think your work here is done.

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  • 343. At 4:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    So exactly what is the rule regarding the quick-taking of free-kicks? Umpteen times I've seen refs call play back because he/the opposition/the TV cameras weren't ready. Does he actually have to blow his whistle?

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  • 344. At 4:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    313. At 4:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    "Who won the race class war anyway... i joined in earlier and lost interest at that point... "

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)

    isit?

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  • 345. At 4:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    We won the class war. we were in greater numbers.

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  • 346. At 4:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    It wasnt pretty.

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  • 347. At 4:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    A victory nonetheless

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  • 348. At 4:53pm on 18 Feb 2010, CideredEd wrote:

    How many comments already!!!

    Im thinking im going to have to give up work find a sponsor and go full time on the robbo blog to keep up. Anyone have a product or service they want subtly working into a posting?

    Heres a taster - travel by British Rail, as reliable as an Arsenal goalkeeper.... you cant buy that sort of publicity

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  • 349. At 4:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    231. At 3:43pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    #212

    There is nothing wrong with being civil mate, manners cost nothing.

    And if you are only here to write "1st post" get here earlier.
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    then what are you here for if its not for me to be rude to?

    manners cost nothing? tell that to your swiss finishing school.

    are you Jane Austin without the irony?

    RBA - I blame the women's institute. they are intergalactic lizards in turquoise tracksuits with a direct route into goalkeepers tiny brains.

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  • 350. At 4:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    14. At 1:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, Hods wrote:
    Dont understand your point below;

    "And the argument that the ref should give you time to defend a free-kick? Unless of course it's Thierry Henry in an Arsenal shirt, dinking it into the corner while the keeper's kicking mud off his studs."

    If i remember rightly Thierry scored from about 30 yards out with a gk between the posts and a number of defenders in between the gk and the ball, not from 10 yards. So to compare the two is a little foolish.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Oh and I think you're being a mite selective about when and where someone can take a quick free kick. Thierry's, I suppose, was skill and opportunism and the Porto lad's was - well - just unfair.

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  • 351. At 4:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    241. At 3:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:
    If they're liquidated then if I remember right the players' contracts will be torn up because they're not going to get paid by the club till the end of the year.

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    Can they liquidate the players?

    Turn them into a smoothie? That should (milk) shake things up.

    (catching up again)

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  • 352. At 4:56pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I actually won an earthquake once, but the WWF figure i wanted was Typhoon...

    Ther eyou go Gen, a wrestling joke... and you dare to say i am not a chav!

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  • 353. At 4:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Ted - it's an important distinction... if you watch the Henry goal, about 30-40 seconds pass while Chelski get everyone behing the ball, Thierry talks Men's Fashion with the ref, finally asks permission, and then curls it goalwards, almost hopefully.

    yesterday, the Swedish Weazel almost seemed to have in mind what was going on. it's all in the swift manner in which he goes for the ball to give to Porto, then backing into Sol... very strange, at least.
    if he has a soul at all, he will not be proud watching those replays.

    RBA - only one blaspheme so far today? not feeling yourself?

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  • 354. At 4:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    26. At 1:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, Jimmy Ellis wrote:
    Great blog again Robbo...look 4ward to your blog every week!....just wondered what you thought of nani's performance against milan?? Just as he looked like he was getting some form together..he goes and shows how shocking he can be...confidence looked drained from him!!

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    AS I've said before on here, Nani is a bit of a curse word in the Blue Bell... a slice of lime in a bottle of lager? that's a Nani. Sprig of parsley on your fish pie? That's a Nani. He is and always has been an unnecessary garnish.

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  • 355. At 4:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    344. At 4:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:
    313. At 4:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    "Who won the race class war anyway... i joined in earlier and lost interest at that point... "

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)

    obviously no-one told Stalin, Churchill & Roosevelt that because as I recall we won WW2 (and in fact WW1, the Napoleaonic War, The Falklands War)

    So Jeanette Rankin was full of Coweslepe really

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  • 356. At 4:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "We won the class war. we were in greater numbers."
    The plebs think they won, but there's a wardrobe waiting for them when they get home.

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  • 357. At 4:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    I love it, I've got in people's pschye enough to make them start spelling weasel wrong >:D

    Mwahahaha!

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  • 358. At 5:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)


    Took her a long time to say that!

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  • 359. At 5:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    adam, we only say we won. Depends on what you value I guess.

    "[Nani] is and always has been an unnecessary garnish."
    Ah, nothing like a selective memory. I'll accept, three games on the back of many appears more like a flash in the pan than one bad one on the back of three good, but the lad is coming good. And you love that lime Robbo. Don't try to deny it.

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  • 360. At 5:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    358. At 5:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)


    Took her a long time to say that!
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    Wonder how many tremors and squirts she had to experience before coming to the conclusion?

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  • 361. At 5:02pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    To be fair Robbo, with some of those Gnat Piss bottles you get, the lime is needed to actually give it a flavour above that of water.

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  • 362. At 5:03pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    "Took her a long time to say that!"
    In her defence, she wrote a long explanatory blog comment on the subject of war, the losses relative to gains, the financial costs, technological developments. But after about 1500 replies eventually, she just boiled it down to that.

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  • 363. At 5:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)
    ------------------------
    tell that to Louisian State University Tigers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_Game

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  • 364. At 5:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    goddamn the internet

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  • 365. At 5:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    245. At 3:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    If (when??) Pompey go bust then maybe they shoudld promote 4 teams from the championship
    ----------------------

    Great idea Welcome to the Premier League Newcastle, West Brom, Forest & Blackpool
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    Actually, it will mean that the CCC would be a team short, because Pompey +2 would of gone down anyway. Would that mean that an extra club from all divisions lower then the CCC would have to promote an extra team to make the numbers right?

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  • 366. At 5:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Based on the advice of the last few days and the multitude of topics covered, my fantasy team is taking shape and that Rankin lass has solved a puzzle at left back. Thanks lads....

    Muirhead

    Seal Scargill Thatcher (M) Rankin

    Blair Bush Brown Jordan

    Davies Elmander (Capt)


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  • 367. At 5:07pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Den, blaspheme... me??? Never.

    I'm just saying the guy spends his life cutting up would and banging nails in to it and ends up dying on a big bit of wood with nails in his hands... I mean,,, come on!...


    Good luck to liverpool against whoever the hell they're playing?

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  • 368. At 5:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    And i'm out...

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  • 369. At 5:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, socratesmozart wrote:

    Triffic blog Robbo. spot on with both counts. I fear Wenger missed the boat when he didn't buy a top keeper last season - its hurting them in league and europe this year.
    As for the snowboarding - totally awesome! what a sport - where is the next winter olympics ? I used to think this was a load of rubbish, but i think that's just the sports we're good at - ice dancing, curling etc.
    Some of these other ones are top banana - speed skating's not bad either, but the snowboarding races and tricks are too cool!

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  • 370. At 5:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    349. At 4:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    then what are you here for if its not for me to be rude to?

    eh??

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  • 371. At 5:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    You must really hate Elmander Trots.

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  • 372. At 5:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    370. At 5:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    349. At 4:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    then what are you here for if its not for me to be rude to?

    eh??
    ---------------
    I SAID : WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR IF IT'S NOT FOR ME TO BE RUDE TO?

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  • 373. At 5:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    138. At 2:33pm on 18 Feb 2010, playunextyear wrote:
    As TrotterUSA (#23) is very patriotic about who he thinks we ought to be checking out, I'd like to point y'all in the direction of Eve Muirhead, skip of GB women's curling team. She's 19, has been junior world champ a couple of times, and would look better sitting on top of a trophy cabinet than most trophies would.
    So Robbo, when Eve slides down that ice after her stone, yelling "Haaard, haaard!" at the sweepers, perhaps you may wish to have a glass of scotch handy, to steady your nerves of course.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I have seen said Eve - and to be honest women and curlers in the same sentence makes me think of Andy Capp - or me own mam, really.
    She seems a decent enough looker, for sure, but I'm a bit disappointed that she doesn't do her own sweeping.



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  • 374. At 5:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    sorry, completely unrelated, but did someone on this blog write this review? http://www.newcars.com/subaru/imprezawrxsti/reviews/bmw-328.html

    Come on, hold your hands up.

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  • 375. At 5:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    note to self:
    remember last note to self.

    LABSAB9 - I apologise for any offence.

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  • 376. At 5:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    haha GR, "hate" isn't the word. I'd probably like him if he played for some other team.

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  • 377. At 5:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    349. At 4:54pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    are you Jane Austin without the irony?

    No i'm Steve Austin with a stone which is cold.

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  • 378. At 5:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Robbo: see 353

    and i'm starting an "office pool" of possible Swedish ref blunders in the WC.

    bets range from "inadvertant wall-pass leads to breakaway" to "headbutts player and books him for diving"
    10 quid per?

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  • 379. At 5:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "RBA - I blame the women's institute. they are intergalactic lizards in turquoise tracksuits with a direct route into goalkeepers tiny brains."

    Whats turquoise again?

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  • 380. At 5:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    372. At 5:11pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    I SAID : WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR IF IT'S NOT FOR ME TO BE RUDE TO?

    Oh please accept my apologies i fully understand now you have put all the text in capitals!!!

    I am merely passing a few hours of the day before i go home to my wife and kids and watch some tv.

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  • 381. At 5:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    281. At 4:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, rjaggar wrote:
    Wenger had a right to be pissed off with the ref for not awarding a pen at 1-1. Stonewall and clear as a dye. He didn't although he did judge Gerrard's imitation of Tom Daley worthy of a go from the high board a while back.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Agree totally. Gerrard dives and that is your proof. He's especially prone to the plummet in the last five minutes of games. Rooney does it too but has no need of it right now. Rosicky was clattered. The ref wasn't good - and has a track record of being pretty bleeding poor, but the second Porto goal was perfectly legit.

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  • 382. At 5:19pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    I feel like Ive kicked a kitten.

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  • 383. At 5:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    378. At 5:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:
    Robbo: see 353

    and i'm starting an "office pool" of possible Swedish ref blunders in the WC.

    bets range from "inadvertant wall-pass leads to breakaway" to "headbutts player and books him for diving"
    10 quid per?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Mr Ovrebo - the Chelsea nemesis - he was Norwegian wasn't he? Widen the brief to Scandanavia and I'm in.

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  • 384. At 5:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "358. At 5:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
    - Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)


    Took her a long time to say that!
    "

    She got to "an" in 1880. Simile's are almost as difficult to finish as a

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  • 385. At 5:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Hey LAB - F5 mate - check out 375 - I apologised. Blimey dont go to any football matches, youll be shocked at what you hear.

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  • 386. At 5:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    375. At 5:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    note to self:
    remember last note to self.

    LABSAB9 - I apologise for any offence.

    Just saw this post after my last post, apology accepted not sure what made you gun for me though mate i'm just minding my own business.

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  • 387. At 5:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    329. At 4:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Go Urinea???
    ----
    Toilets are at the second door on your left.

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  • 388. At 5:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    apologies if that WAS the joke, Robbo - but Andy Capp the cartoon or the German curler?
    i swear they kept calling him that as he was smoking the US team the other day, and its made me realize that Robbo IS Andy Capp, just look at the "photo!"

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  • 389. At 5:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    Don't mind Blog, first poster. He's nasty to all of us

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  • 390. At 5:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:

    384. At 5:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:
    "She got to "an" in 1880. Simile's are almost as difficult to finish as a"

    There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
    - Robert Byrne

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  • 391. At 5:24pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    well the chelsea contingent have made sure Anders Frisk doesnt send anyone else off, rightly or wrongly.

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  • 392. At 5:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    389. At 5:22pm on 18 Feb 2010, GenesisRed wrote:
    Don't mind Blog, first poster. He's nasty to all of us
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    oi! ref!

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  • 393. At 5:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    #389

    Cheers mate but i'll be fine i won't be losing any sleep tonight!!!

    Anyway i'm off now but hope Blog can play nice next time??

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  • 394. At 5:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, mac_abre wrote:

    Do people not realise they are moaning when the mention about Wenger moaning? Am I moaning... blimey!

    It's all about negative framing - and you don't realise you expose your prejudices and weakness of thought when you constantly mention it!

    ah well, troglodytes amass!!!

    moaning ninnies

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  • 395. At 5:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Collina, baby - come back to us, we'll love you better this time, i swear!

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  • 396. At 5:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "393. At 5:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:
    #389

    Cheers mate but i'll be fine i won't be losing any sleep tonight!!!
    "

    Ah well, better luck tomorrow night.

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  • 397. At 5:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    H2H, we concur that Fabianski is woeful, Almunia is in poor form (and at his age I don't see much room for improvement), whilst Mannone is young still and, who knows, could turn out well. So, eo ipso, we buy a new keeper. Suggestions? How about we help Pompey out with their debt and take James off their hands? I nominate Luke Steele.

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  • 398. At 5:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    394. At 5:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, mac_abre wrote:
    Do people not realise they are moaning when the mention about Wenger moaning? Am I moaning... blimey!

    It's all about negative framing - and you don't realise you expose your prejudices and weakness of thought when you constantly mention it!

    ah well, troglodytes amass!!!

    moaning ninnies

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Isn't that a moan? Or am I being a victim of dead subtle irony?

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  • 399. At 5:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Bye LAB, safe journey. I'll try to play nice next time. I'll watch Toy Story again.

    Say hi to the wife and kids for me!

    Bye now!


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  • 400. At 5:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Subtle Irony is never dead!!!

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  • 401. At 5:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    ANd neither is sarcasm??

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  • 402. At 5:36pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    399. At 5:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    Bye LAB, safe journey. I'll try to play nice next time. I'll watch Toy Story again.

    Say hi to the wife and kids for me!
    ___________________________________________________________________

    C'mon lad.

    Surely you can do it yourself.
    What kind of family man are you?

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  • 403. At 5:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #402 He thought he was talking to JT I guess.

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  • 404. At 5:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, used2beprofi wrote:

    "state-of-the-art supersize Midwest hick donkey jacket" was so good it hurts, thanks robbo...

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  • 405. At 5:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Hi wife! Hi kids!

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  • 406. At 5:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    She says, take care.

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  • 407. At 5:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, yale wrote:

    the swedish referee on the night, martin hansson was the same guy who not so long ago referred the Ireland France game and failed to spot the most blatant handball from henry

    think back to Mr platini's well know dislike for british teams, suspicions suspicions...

    also, the other referee on the night Tom Henning Ovrebo for the Florentina/BM game caused even more uproar for his performance on the night. and guess what, he is the same swedish bloke that refereed the barca chelsea semi final last year. now whats all these with scandavania referees! (and their seemingly links to Mr P)

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  • 408. At 5:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, ControlledMagic wrote:

    Porto second goal; for me, it's not that the ref allowed them to take it quickly, it's that he told Flappy Handski to give him the ball and straight away gave it to the Porto player. With a bit more experience the keeper would have hung on to it (there's no offence in doing so) as that is the typical defence to prevent a quick take.

    I'm no gooner and get sick of Wenger's whinges (a bit more than I get cheesed with Fergie's comments sometimes) - and he really has picked the wrong excuse for this incident - but I don't think the ref should aid the team to take a quick free kick.

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  • 409. At 5:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    406. At 5:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    She says, take care.
    ----------
    Which proves its not my wife, spit.

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  • 410. At 5:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    407 Yale ,

    just for the record. Them Irish are not keane on being called british.

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  • 411. At 5:48pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    409. At 5:46pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    406. At 5:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    She says, take care.
    ----------
    Which proves its not my wife, spit.
    ___________________________________

    then, Whose wife is it anyway?

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  • 412. At 5:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Actually I feel unewll having made these stupid puns.

    Wonder how BTP lives with it?

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  • 413. At 5:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Is that a game show?

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  • 414. At 5:50pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    a good pun is its own reword, spit.

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  • 415. At 5:51pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bit varied but

    Im waitng to watch Villareal v |Wolfsburg on 4 - I remember when Boro played VillaReal (the real villa??) and 4000 boro fans went - and then Mclaren goes and plays the reserves - grrr

    Its on itv4 and my pic keeps picsalatin!!!

    But it did mean I couldnt hear/wathc the worst advert on telly - the one where the financial adviser gadgee visits teh woman who has just had a baby "Oh well sounded like a good idea to me"! Arrrgghhh!!!!! I just want to .....

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  • 416. At 5:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    evening fbh

    well looks like the issue of whether it was a legit goal has been resolved:

    yes.

    And the whole issue of the winter olympics has been covered comprehensively:

    noone gives a toss.

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  • 417. At 5:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Blog - hope you dont mind mate but I promoted Baggie Mike to Blogdignag rating (second class) earlier - you done good as a blog role model!!

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  • 418. At 5:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Bagdignog?

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  • 419. At 5:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, James Wiltshire wrote:

    Fabianski = crisp packet hands

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  • 420. At 6:01pm on 18 Feb 2010, david wrote:

    super wayne rooney eh! i think not

    about time he delivered the goals
    all the pundits are saying " he is one of the best in the world".dont know about that. still got along way before being the best. messi and ronaldo can still turn a game unlike wayne rooney i feel.
    He is looking good but man u paid 24 million for him and it has taken him time to get there. It will be good to see how well he does at world cup and here's hoping the media dont do any ronaldo comparisons againn.

    please ronaldo took man u to the next level and scored many crucial goals when games needed winning. lets see if super wayne can put some consistency to his game and score the goals.

    anyway i hope england get to the final and get stuffed :)

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  • 421. At 6:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, 59th_street wrote:

    glad you're supporting England, but there's no need to tell us all to get stu.....oh wait

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  • 422. At 6:06pm on 18 Feb 2010, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    #343 And there was I thinking I'd be deluged with replies about the rules of taking free-kicks quickly. Does that mean I have to go and look them up myself? Come on, I've got work to do (still only midday here in the Land of No Drains and Drug Cartel Beheadings).

    Or perhaps I should go off ata tangent and start a totally unrelated blog...let me see, chocolate bars that have disappeared over the years? Aztec bar (topical) - remember that one? Lion bars - do they still exist? The Milk Tray selection in a bar...

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  • 423. At 6:08pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    397. At 5:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote
    -----------
    Calamity James??????

    NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo.

    Take about out of the frying pan....

    Don´t know the Steele guy you mentioned, I would like someone like Hart, but can´t see City selling him.

    As I mentioned before he doesn´t have to be as good as Buffon as long as he´s not another Bufoon. (sorry, but I like that one)

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  • 424. At 6:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, adampsb wrote:

    #420 - Wayne has been turning games all season - Arsenal game, Hull games, Milan game - considering he has scored 25 goals this season I think it is a fair bet he changes games. Next you'll be saying that Didier Drogba doesn't influence games for Chelsea.

    Need to get on the same planet as everyone else fella.

    Anyway if England get to the final we'll win it the same as we've won every other WC final we've reached (all 1 of them)

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  • 425. At 6:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, Solly wrote:

    I hope the Arsenal defence have learnt their lesson. The next time a ref asks for the ball before your defence is set up, you can tell him to get stuffed.

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  • 426. At 6:12pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    fbh - cheers mate

    david - "about time he delivered the goals"

    ????? Im starting to doubt my own eyes on here??????

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  • 427. At 6:13pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    422, Now that´s a better topic

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  • 428. At 6:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    H2,we've got an England keeper if you want him.....oh,sorry you've tried him already.

    As you were.

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  • 429. At 6:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #420 - David - he was better value than Berbatov!

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  • 430. At 6:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    re 427,mars the conversation somewhat?

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  • 431. At 6:17pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    420 David.

    I´m no Utd fan, but even I can say that you´re being a bit harsh on Rooney there.

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  • 432. At 6:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Dont slate the Chuckle Brothers, I think they were onto something with their 2008 tour
    "Indiana Chuckles and The Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk"

    Wonder if they made it down the M1

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  • 433. At 6:20pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    you wont hear a wispa out of me on this one

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  • 434. At 6:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    FBH
    is Mint Innit Borotalk or Yarmtalk

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  • 435. At 6:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, My-back-pocket wrote:

    @ 420 :

    id like to see Ronaldo and Messi run back 60 yards to defend then race back up and score...Rooneys touch and control is as good as if not better..he might not have the silky skills but he makes up for in movement and energy.

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  • 436. At 6:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    Hmm Lawro's slated us to lose on Sunday ... good, means we'll win, AND the last time Spurs played Wigan and I was at my parents for dinner ....


    Even so, someone tell 'Arry to equip the team for bog snorkelling before they trek up there.

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  • 437. At 6:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I´d jump for joy and take him back in a flash Jacks. (jumpin´ jack flash)


    BTW, This blog is not a sprint, it's a marathon

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  • 438. At 6:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Evening tone.What's happening with the Mighty Millers?

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  • 439. At 6:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    420 I thought Rooney was 27 million but 24 or 27, it was a bargain!

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  • 440. At 6:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2 - that one made me snicker

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  • 441. At 6:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    H2,maybe it would give the team a boost

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  • 442. At 6:28pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    re 440,H2 is a Star blogidy

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  • 443. At 6:29pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    ronaldo = 3 and a half rooneys? nope.

    half a rooney hopping down the pitch doing hop overs would terrify defences. theyd think a damien hirst sculpture had come to life.

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  • 444. At 6:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    434. At 6:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:
    FBH
    is Mint Innit Borotalk or Yarmtalk

    Tone - I think its a hybrid of Hannah Montana/Teesside/Middlesbrough/I-Carly/Disney Channel and too many smarties mate

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  • 445. At 6:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    so Guss is off for some Turkish Delight?

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  • 446. At 6:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    438. At 6:25pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Evening tone.What's happening with the Mighty Millers?
    ---------------
    We could be back upto 3rd tomorrow night against Torquay, but still have 2 games in hand over Bury and 3 over the other south coasters

    And the Chuckles are Honorary Presidents

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  • 447. At 6:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Jacks - as NPH - i thought you were marge, now? -points out the Aztecs invented chocolate and ate it out of the hollowed skulls of sacrificial victims on top of ziggurats, but it took the genius of the Dutch van Houten family to make mass production of shiny, tasty chocolate bars and related products possible.

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  • 448. At 6:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    There are that many bloggers its becoming a bit Crunchie

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  • 449. At 6:35pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    FBH/H2H
    got a choice of 7 games on German Sky plus the ITV games

    at present Mac the Umbrella against Bremen

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  • 450. At 6:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Mac is doing ok in Holland - but then again so did Afonso Alves???

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  • 451. At 6:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    447,only one place to go for good tasty chocolate.And it's been flogged to the yanks.

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  • 452. At 6:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Jacks - Belgium's been flogged to the yanks?

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  • 453. At 6:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    451. At 6:37pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    447,only one place to go for good tasty chocolate.And it's been flogged to the yanks
    ----------------
    And probably soon to be made in Poland!!!!!!!!
    ---------
    Twente just scored

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  • 454. At 6:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Jacks, where? Anfield?

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  • 455. At 6:40pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Tone,I like The Chuckle Brothers(as opposed to those masquerading on here,taking their name in vain)maybe it's because I hit 6 and stayed there...(I should point out,for legal reasons,I mean reached the age of 6.Not involved in some sort of fracas.)
    To me,to you...

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  • 456. At 6:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    touche blogidy/Trotski.
    They also make the finest ales.(Belgium,not Bourneville)

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  • 457. At 6:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    See what you´ve done NEARPOSTHEADER.

    C'mon lads, it´s time to drop all this chocolate talk.

    ps Sorry I couldn´t help with your question, but I think Ydiss had already answered it earlier.

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  • 458. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Although as a Staffs resident,I'm with Houseman.

    Say, for what were hop-yards meant,
    Or why was Burton built on Trent?
    Oh many a peer of England brews
    Livelier liquor than the Muse,
    And malt does more than Milton can
    To justify God's ways to man.

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  • 459. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Jacks
    --------
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear

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  • 460. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    H2H,

    You must know my ribaldry well enough by now to know that I was joking about Calamity James! Luke Steele (if that's how it's spelt) was the Barnsley hero in the FA cup who contributed to the dumping out of Chelsea and Liverpool.

    I say, sell Fabianski, let Mannone get some reserve action, put Almunia on the bench, and put Bendtner in net. Bendtner is so adept at times at forestalling our own efforts on goals, with the result that I wonder what wonders he could do in net for us. If Wenger is worried about the wage structure when it comes to buying a new keeper, however, perhaps we ought to invest, at the least, in some new gloves for Fabianski and a new haircut and hair-colour for Almunia.I am trying to be creative, you see, because we tend to fill vacancies by moving players into unaccustomed positions rather than buying players for the new positions. Remember Coquelin at centre back? I've only seen him as a defensive midfielder in youth matches. Likewise, Arshavin should never have been leading the line. Eboue must be confused as to whether he is an RB or an RM. Now, I like versatility as much as the next fellow, but one has to have a dedicated XI. Can you imagine how confused you would be if you were 19, had a dim grasp of the English language, and were told to play in new positions in big matches?

    Finally, Gunners, am I the only one now regretting what had once bemused me, viz., loaning Wilshere to Bolton? He was on the bench here, he is on the bench there. How good is it for Wilshere's morale to be in a relegation battle (but on the bench, deservedly) when we might have retained him for, e.g., the trip to Porto?

    I do like Wenger, mind you; I just think that, as with many principles that we use to guide our decision-making, one can take them too far. Almunia is not old by keeper standards, but he is not young either. 31? 32? Fabianski is 26; Mannone is 22. If Fabianski has not developed by this stage, he surely cannot be relied upon as our next number 1; and unless Wenger thinks Almunia is going to last as long as Lehmann--and Almunia is prone to illness by my count (virus, stomach flu, etc.)--then we need to buy a solid goalkeeper this summer. I'm of the cautious optimism that a better goalkeeper would also make our defenders look better. Cf. Clichy walking cross the line with no communication between him and Almunia; now compare the dull bemused stares between Sol and Fabianski yesterday. Now I must light a cigarette.

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  • 461. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hiya Jacks - how ya doing - havent chatted to you in a while - hope its going ok - Im looking forward to the FFL kick off - Im not giving anything away but I have come up with a cunning plan!?!?!?

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  • 462. At 6:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    459. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Jacks
    --------
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
    _____________________________
    Nearly....to me,to you...

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  • 463. At 6:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    461. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

    Hiya Jacks - how ya doing - havent chatted to you in a while - hope its going ok - Im looking forward to the FFL kick off - Im not giving anything away but I have come up with a cunning plan!?!?!?

    _______________________________
    Delete everybody else's team?
    Everything is as good as gold thanks.I'll post a report monday am with details of how the regulars got on.Can't wait.(note to self:get out more)

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  • 464. At 6:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    WHose left these in the bathroom and not flushed after them?
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/MarieAlice/Tuesdays%20WithDorie/783px-MaltesersOpen.jpg

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  • 465. At 6:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    .(note to self:get out more)
    Ok mate
    Will

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  • 466. At 6:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    460 You reimbursed all the traveling expenses after that postponement, then you sent us Jack W. Is there something behind all this? Nobody else is this kind to Bolton!

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  • 467. At 6:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    465. At 6:52pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

    .(note to self:get out more)
    Ok mate
    Will
    ___________________________
    I thought you were Terry?
    And on the note of get out more,I'm off home.

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  • 468. At 6:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    462. At 6:45pm on 18 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    459. At 6:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Jacks
    --------
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
    _____________________________
    Nearly....to me,to you...

    Course it is, silly me

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  • 469. At 6:59pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    That cigarette did not help much. Addendum to the last paragraph. It's a commonplace in football that the keeper should be the loudest man on the pitch. Hart is loud. Howard is loud. I am not saying we should buy Hart or Howard; I simply mention them because, when I have seen them play live, I've been amazed at just how much lung capacity they have to exhort their team, particularly on set pieces. Lehmann was loud. Fabianski might be mute, for all I know, and Almunia can be sheepish. Now, we could put a solid tenor like Ian Bostridge in goal. He's English and has the advantage of being fluent in French. Alright, I'm going to light another cigarette.

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  • 470. At 7:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, SS11 wrote:

    Is Liverpool playing the same team that played against Barca in group stages of Champs League?

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  • 471. At 7:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    466, Maybe it´s because you were beating us 2-0 but still let us win 4-2 Trott. ;p

    Wilshitre is in the best place for him at the mo', at a PL team with a manager who likes to play good football. I don´t think he would of got the chances he will get at Bolton with us this season. It´s a win/win situation.

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  • 472. At 7:04pm on 18 Feb 2010, Lino Darmanin wrote:

    I think the referee in Porto vs Arsenal match was at fault in allowing the second goal. He was at fault not because the free kick was taken by surprise, which Porto had a right to do, but because the free kick was taken 2 or 3 metres away from the spot of the infringement. The referee also impeded Sol Campbell from defending the kick by placing himself infront of the player. Moreover just a minute before he allowed play to continue when Rosicky was grossly fouled in the penalty area. The linesman on this occassion did not give a helping hand, but ignored the foul completely. This is not the first time that this referee misjudged rather very important decisions. I just can't understand how he is going to South Africa to officiate in World Cup Matches.

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  • 473. At 7:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    or.....it might be guilt-ridden compensation for the Gallas tackle on Mark Davies but H2's theory is more probably nearer the mark!

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  • 474. At 7:05pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    L´pool are playing that Urinea(?) team in that p.$$ poor your ropey league thingy.
    I think the team that was in Barca´s group was the ali Kazam team (or something like that.

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  • 475. At 7:09pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Hands up who would like to be a referee, and they could last 90min(or +6 for SAF)being 100% perfect

    I tried it a few years ago in a sunday morning league, its an impossible task

    Hansson applied the rules, call it opportunism or whatever by porto

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  • 476. At 7:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    466, Trotter,

    Do you find yourself in the States too? I left a position at Edinburgh recently for one in Michigan and, oh dear oh dear, is it cold! How do you survive here? Will be back in Islington in May.

    Wilshere. Are you getting anything out of him? We gift goals and gift players when most we need goals and need players. I should hasten to add that I am not bashing Wenger. I just prefer to view the club I love with a sense of constructive criticism, which is a part of empathy, and not with the petulant love-ins that some from Chelski and Manure prefer.

    Having said Manure, I do think Rooney is first rate.

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  • 477. At 7:10pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    Did anyone else see the ITV advert for "Uefa cup on ITV this week", hear them say "Liverpool" and start giggling?

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  • 478. At 7:14pm on 18 Feb 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Its the start of the sliding down fast on ice face down on a teatray at 1am.
    I dont think I'll stay up

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  • 479. At 7:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    Missed it, Weazel. I don't have a telly and the pub keeps their several sets on mute with poor American closed-captioning. "Walcott" is returned to us repeatedly with "will cut". I kid you not.

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  • 480. At 7:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    EW - I heard them say Newcastle and start giggling!!!

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  • 481. At 7:16pm on 18 Feb 2010, ThatWasDeliberate wrote:

    tone1947,

    Luge and skeleton should be banned. Replaced with darts. Or ski-darts, like skeet-shooting, except with darts. And pints.

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  • 482. At 7:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:

    480. At 7:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

    EW - I heard them say Newcastle and start giggling!!!
    _____

    Why would ITV mention Newcastle :/

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  • 483. At 7:23pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Why would you watch ITV?

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  • 484. At 7:26pm on 18 Feb 2010, cliveeta wrote:

    Fun puns as usual !O!

    Trouble is Fabianski IS a talented goalie, he just makes howlers sometimes.

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  • 485. At 7:27pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    482. At 7:21pm on 18 Feb 2010, Evil-Weazel wrote:
    480. At 7:15pm on 18 Feb 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

    EW - I heard them say Newcastle and start giggling!!!
    _____

    Why would ITV mention Newcastle :/

    A good laff ???? :)

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  • 486. At 7:31pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    If fabi's a good goalie then I'm a footballing God.

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  • 487. At 7:34pm on 18 Feb 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    According to Channel 5 "liverpool fans love European nights". Even the You'reropey League?

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  • 488. At 7:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    To be honest, I´d be well chuffed if Arsenal won the Europa League, never really understood why clubs like Aston Villa never really made the effort to win it.

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  • 489. At 7:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, micklauren wrote:

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  • 490. At 7:39pm on 18 Feb 2010, zeefrog wrote:

    as usual your blog is full of your preconcepts and likes and dislikes, jesus man we kind of get it by now that you don't have a good word to say about arsenal or wenger, what i just cannot understand is why you keep blogging about them in your teenage who has just learned a new insult kind of way.

    boring, biased, often bordering on xenophobia, never instructive, never presenting an interesting argument. keep on the good blogs

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  • 491. At 7:41pm on 18 Feb 2010, StarfireReturns wrote:

    488. At 7:38pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    To be honest, I´d be well chuffed if Arsenal won the Europa League, never really understood why clubs like Aston Villa never really made the effort to win it.

    -------------------------

    Wish we weren't knee deep in a relegation battle this time last year while we were still in the cup. We could have had a good chance if we played our best XI if we were safely mid table.

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  • 492. At 7:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    TWD, yep 20 years in NJ. You remind me of the Norwegian Lutheran chap I once heard talk, when his family arrived in Wisconsin in the 20's, the father turned to the mother and said, "Jeez Ma, it's cold here too".

    Wilshere only seems to be getting limited work but he looked alright from what I saw, hopefully he'll get a full game this weekend, we need that bit of creativity that he might offer. If he could score a few it would help the cause but if we go down he and Elmander will carry the blame!

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  • 493. At 7:42pm on 18 Feb 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Are you an Arsenal fan by any chance zeefrog? i think you'll find Robbo doesn't have a good word to say about any of the Big 4. Or Big 3 plus Liverpool as they're now known.

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  • 494. At 7:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, micklauren wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 495. At 7:49pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    zeefrog, if it weren't for that apostrophe you slotted into "don't" I might have mistaken you for JDR's twin.

    Keep popping in and you'll see that Robbo is very much an equal opportunity blogger.

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  • 496. At 7:55pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    494. At 7:44pm on 18 Feb 2010, micklauren wrote:

    Arsenal and Wenger cheated Celtic during the qualifing with the Eduardo Penalty a more blatant dive you will never see.
    -------------
    Absolute rubbish.

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  • 497. At 7:57pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    From the live text;

    From Urchin D, via text: "Re 1939: I have been chucked out of a shop for trying to steal a tracksuit, in a tracksuit. Does that count? Come on you Reds."

    Srereotype?

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  • 498. At 7:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Stereotype would of been better.

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  • 499. At 8:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    H2 is that when you post from two keyboards?

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  • 500. At 8:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, richmay1 wrote:

    All said and done Fabianski is still a young player and can only get the experience to become a better player if his manager plays him in important matches such as the champions league.
    Fabianski was at fault for both goals conceeded by Arsenal,but there must be something Arsene Wenger saw in the young goalkeeper before he signed him on.
    In a couple of years time the same Arsenal fans that are having a go at Fabianski and calling him all kinds of names will be singing his praises.
    At 2-1 and with the second leg still to come I think Arsenal stand a very good chance of going through to the next round.

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