Friday, November 25, 2011

Robin van Persie and the Midas touch

Everything van Persie touches turns to Goal.
Arsenal's new goal machine

Saying the Dutch striker is in the form of his life is undermining him and his talent, we know for 3 seasons running that Arsenal Captain is been exceptional, just that this probably is the longest he's been playing without an injury. *Fingers crossed* Hope, its lasts really long.
This season he has found the net 19 times in 23 starts for Arsenal and Netherlands. And all those who have been tracking the star's progress know that he deserved this run of form. While most still argue that he's not yet up to Messi and Ronaldo mark, I think he's just there with the two.
Best in the World? Pic:

With former Arsenal player and Manchester City Bench-warmer Samir Nasri admitting, its a shame that the van Persie is not shortlisted for player of the year.

Few interesting tit-bits about the striker and the club.

  • RVP has scored 17 goals and has 3 assists in all competition for Arsenal this season.
  • He has scored or created 20 goals in 18 games he has played for Arsenal, of which, he has started in just 15 games. 
  • He has scored 51.5% of Arsenal's 33 goals this season. 
  • Out of the 10 games in which he has scored , Arsenal have lost once (ManU, Away) and drawn once (B. Dortmund, Away). 
  • This predator is equally dangerous Home and Away, Scoring 8 away goals (47%) with 2 Assists in 9 away games (50% of of his contribution for the gunners). 
  • In last two seasons he has scored 39 goals in 41 starts, which also equals to the number of goals he has scored in last three years in 76 starts. 
  • Consider as the most left footed player in the world van Persie, in Premier League has scored 6 from left and 7 from his right foot. Making him a truly two-footed player. 
EPL Top Striker for 2010-11 and 2011-12
The table clearly shows that van Persie is miles ahead of his closest competitor, Carlos Tevez, funny closest competitor who's not competing. At this rate and an injury free season expect RVP to score more than 30 goals. 
If he keeps up this form, very sure, I'll tell you told you so

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The clash of Dumbasses!

This one is my first post of a non-arsenal clash, and I have rightly named it. You would take guesses mostly starting with ManU to ManShitty, and you would not take more than 3 guesses to come to the point I want to talk about. This Sunday fixture, ChelShit vs LiverPoo.
I would like to have one guy here who would not agree on the title of the post.
For all the teams we have seen in premier league in last few years, all the management and mismanagement. I would rate Chelsea as the dumbest of all, closely followed by Liverpool.
  • Chelsea: Torres for 50 million- STUPID
  • Liverpool: Torres for 50 million- SMART
  • Liverpool: Carrol for 30+ million- SUPER DUMB
Well what is in this game that makes me excited about it, its the beginning of those fixture, which if, Gunners take advantage of puts us back in the title race.

When these two teams meet at the Bridge, Gunners could, hopefully, have been 3 points ahead of Liverpool and on 22 points with Chelsea. So a draw here would be an ideal result to see us take that 6th position. But, I would love to see AVB (even-though I like him) getting fired after two disastrous home performances.

Nevertheless, Interesting match-up.
King Kenny -vs- AVB
Suarez -vs- Torres 
Stupid Spenders -vs- Stupid Spenders

Prediction: 1-1

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How the tables will turn around for Gunners by the year end!

Vermanator is Back.
3-0! Excited? Hell ya! Past few weeks have been the best time for me as an Arsenal fan.
I know I hate myself to not start following football before 2006 world cup.

Victory! 5 home wins in a row! Ecstatic yes. And Insomniac as well. Before I could explain my small research on what to expect, I shall just make a small note of this wonderful victory. 3-0 against West Brom who last time this year almost got a 3-0 victory if not for Nasri's brace. Goals came from RVP (as usual), Vermaelen and Arteta. With Persie creating the later two. And a clean sheet. Yay!

Ok. Back to the topic. I was looking at the schedule of what to expect from the gunners in coming weeks, which lead to an overall comparison of all the teams placed above Gunners this season, so far.

Before getting started, lets analyze fixture according to GAMEWEEK.

  • ARSENAL 3- WBA- 0
  • ManU 1-  Sunderland-0 (Lucky Unconvincing)
  • Newcastle 2- Everton-1 (Played well, Again undeserved victory)
  • Chelsea 1- Blackburn 0 (Undeserved Victory)
  • Man City 3- QPR-2 (QPR deserved victory more)
  • Spurs yet to play (Away to Fulham)
  •  NORWICH vs ARSENAL (18th Nov)
  • Man City vs Newcastle
  • Chelsea vs Liverpool
  •  ARSENAL vs FULHAM (26th Nov)
  • ManU vs Newcastle
  • Liverpool vs ManCity
  • WIGHAN vs ARSENAL (3rd Dec)
  •  Newcastle vs Chelsea
  • ARSENAL vs EVERTON (10th Dec)
  • Chelsea vs ManCity  
  • MANCITY vs ARSENAL (18th Dec)
  • ASTON VILLA vs ARSENAL (21st Dec)
  • Spurs vs Chelsea
 GAMEWEEK-18 (Boxing Day):
  • ARSENAL vs Wolves (21st Dec)
  • No Big Game
  • ARSENAL vs QPR (31st Dec)
  • Liverpool vs Newcastle
So, the coming EIGHT GAME weeks will be the as good as title deciders. With most of the top teams clashing in the coming weeks.

How is this important for Arsenal?
  1. Arsenal clash with only one big team (Man City away). That means that, gunners have less challenging fixtures than the other top-7 clubs, its fair to say that before the winter-window, when Wenger could add more depth to the squad Gunners will have relaxing fixtures in the league. 
  2. One of the top-7 drops points every week. We have been doing good since we lost to Sp*rs in League, but on the other hand other teams (esp: Newcastle, ManCity, Sp*rs) have also been good. So when these teams are pitted against each other you can see either of then dropping points. *Fingers cross that we don't drop points in this period*.
  3. ManCity and Chelsea take on tougher opponents 4 times in next 8 weeks, including ManCity vs Arsenal.
  4. Newcastle, Liverpool have 3 tough games till Jan.
  5. The thing about league system is it doesn't spare of of any team, but for Arsenal we have it scattered through the next few weeks.
  6. Also, Arsenal have played most of the tough away games among all the tough title rivals, Arsenal travel only to ManCity (Mid Dec) and Liverpool (Early March).
  7. While, ManU (22nd Jan), Spurs (25th Feb), Newcastle (10th March), ManCity (7th April), Chelsea (21st April) visit Emirates to present us the Title.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

West Brom challenge for Resurgent Gunners

Last two of the FIVE *fuckin' FIVE* goals against Chelsea have been flashing to my eyes again and again. Well that is coz I have watched them over and over again as many times as Terry has been in highlights for all stupid shit he has done all his life.

And, Captain Vantastic, oh what an amazing player! He's just keeping me counting.
"van Persie Three, Chelsea Three, Arsenal Five"
  • RVP has 76 goals in 166 Premier League appearances.
  • For the year 2011, Persie has netted 33 in just 38 games for Arsenal in all competitions, just one short of Henry who had 34 goals in 2004. 
  • Van Persie has 27 goals in Premier League for this calender year already, while Henry had scored 27 in 30 in 2004.
  • He has already found the back of the net 11 times this season, while he has started 11 times and came off the bench thrice in all competitions for the Gunners.
  • He has already bettered his Dutch role-model Dennis Bergkamp in all competitions scoring 107 goals in 244 matches, the non-flying Dutchman has 104 in 380 games at Arsenal. 
  • DB10 has 87 league goals which the Captain Vantastic is expected to reach much before the end of this season.

Moving on, first time this season a very confident Arsenal side take on West Brom at the Emirates Stadium, a fixture, last year was the one to forget for most Gunner when the newly promoted WBA shocked Gunners with a 3-2 defeat. 
Gun 'em down

  • Gunners are confident after a 3-5 victory away, while WBA suffered a 0-2 loss to Liverpool.
  • Arsenal have won 4 of their 5 home games, while WBA have won twice and lost twice in 5 away games.
  • Arsenal are expected to fortify their defense with Vermaelen back in the starting line-up after 2 months, while for WBA Midfielder Paul Scharner has been ruled out with a knee ligament problem, with doubts over the fitness of striker Peter Odemwingie. 

Arsenals expected Line-up:

---------------------  Szczesny ----------------------
Jenkinson,   Mertesacker,    Vermaelen,    Santos
Walcott,     Song,     Ramsey,     Arteta,      Gervinho
------------------ Van Persie -----------------------

Bench: Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Frimpong, Djourou, Arshavin, Miyaichi.

Confident of all three points 2-0 to the Gunners. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reformed or Premature?

The month of August for any Arsenal fan was not worse than the final month of Pregnancy for a lady. Sometimes we were screaming with pain and sufferings of what to expect and how much more of the horrible sufferings. While the approaching of the transfer window deadline was hanging on right at us and like the mother's eagerness to look at the baby, we had eagerness to see the new (expected) babies.

Deadline day passed, we were more shocked than that lady who delivered 6 kids at once. And like a mother loving its child who caused her the worst sufferings we will love Arsenal no matter what. Like a mother loves the child even if he's as ugly as Rooney, we'll love Arsenal even with a lesser beautiful version of their game play, which will still remain more beautiful than the rest in the league.

Before August,
  • Arsenal have Won Two, Lost Three and Drawn One game. 
  • Scoring Six and conceding Thirteen.
Since August, 
  • Arsenal have Won Nine, Lost Two, and Drawn Two Games.
  • Scoring Twenty Seven while Conceding Fifteen. [In all competitions]
  • On Premier League front, Arsenal have won 4 of the last 6 games and lost the rest.
  • Arsenal has also seen a great comeback improving 10 positions in 3 games.
  • While the Gunner in Red Hot form Captain Van Persie has scored 28 goals in last 27 Premier League appearances.
  • Beating Chelsea at Bridge 3-5.  
    Hell Ya!

Finally I managed a list of Arsenal positives, which makes me optimistic about a good season ahead.

Premature? Please leave your opinion.

The part of the blog so far was written before the Chelsea game, I couldn't publish it then, so I modified the content from the blog in which I had predicted a 1-2 victory to the Gunners. But thank you Captain Vantastic for those three.
10 of 10

I just love the fact that we finally after 5 years have a striker who just keeps us counting, and yes I repeat he's still is not an out and out striker, he loves to get back and create a few for himself and others, just imagine if we had a TH14 with him or a DB10 behind him now.

Expectations this season:
 Positive with the developments and results so far, I expect Wenger to add more creativity in the midfield. With Jacky coming back in Feb plus a signing or two optimistic about top-4 finish. With Vermaelen back in the back, a less leaky defense and a trophy this season. Well be it Carling Cup, a trophy needs to break the Emirates Jinx. Surely a lot more from the man of the moment, top goal scorer this season for RVP is as good as League title.  

And, yes guys remember the fourth Goal TERRYble. A small question to end it for today.
Could we have won the game if not for the wonderful English Captain?