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We’re the ClockEnd, Red and White

Tom Oldham ©

Puma and Arsenal launched the new home kit to the sound of the ClockEnd under the shadow of the ClockEnd! A boystress crowd of over 1,000 Gooners cheers as Theirry Henry welcome to stars of the first team onto stage to reveal, yes, our Red and White Home Kit. As always the most beautiful kit in the World!

The new home shirt colour stays true to the Gunners’ classic red-and-white strip that first appeared in 1933. The main body is red with bold stripes running horizontally and white sleeves. The shirt features a grandad collar and gold piping trim around the collar edge.

Before the kit was launched I had the chance to sit down with Arsenal’s top defender from the cup winning 2015 season. Nacho Monreal was in good form and purred about the form on Coquelin and Bellerin in the season just gone. It’s clear the squad are excited and up for the challenge of winning one of the two big prizes in 2016.

Frustrated but given a gift from the dark side

Anyone else frustrated? Me too! The geaza kicking things walking up the Holloway Road was frustrated too!! Still better to be frustrated with drawing against a billion pound team than take it lying down. I suppose that shows the progress we’ve made. At the end of the day it wasn’t a bad performance, it wasn’t good either, I think the midfield 3 lacked the endeavour to change the game, perhaps focused a little too much on not losing it. Theo didn’t get going and really that was the big let down.

The main factor in these two “big” games for me has been the refereeing. In fact even back to the Everton game. Shocking tackles missed, it seems ok to bang someone once the ball has gone, a lot of the tackles we’re seeing are bookings. Of course we’re all men and Arsenal should do the same but we are set up to play football not to ‘cheat’. Chelski spent last night trying to cheat, to see what they could get away with, to test the referee. In the end they found no limits. Two, two footers on Arteta, produced one yellow card. I can’t help but think that money is changing hands? With big bets placed on high/low yellow cards someone would have walked away with a few quid on just 3 yellow cards last night. Worst of all it was us who had two of them.

If you had the time to analyze the tackles and compare them to other tackles the same ref would book a player for over the season then he would never ref again. Incompetent comes to mind. Never mind the nail on penalty they missed. I could blame the ref but the lino was 10 yards away with a clear view of the incident. Crazy! On the back of Cit£h away, another definite penalty, and two fair goals ruled out……….. does it really add up?

All in all the run of the last four game terrible. We’d have hoped for at least two wins and a draw from the four, we ended up with two draws. Confidence will have dropped, energy will be sapped, but you can’t rest here. The next four now become more significant than ever. Two away then two home and in reality in terms of winning something they are all must win. Can Arsene rally the troops?

We didn’t get the three points we all wanted to revel in on Christmas day but we did get a nice little present from N17 – Timmy ‘Gooner Tattoo’ Sherwood as the manager. £100s of millions spent chasing a dream, best assets sold, and now they are taking 18 months off the project. The excuse will be attacking football, wham bam whackers like Townsend, for the Glory……… what the fuck is Glory? I’m sure it’s winning……. You can say, give him a chance, you may regret poking fun, but I can assure you Tim Sherwood will be a disaster for them and it will be bloody funny to watch! Progress? Don’t pull my chain.

Nothing will raise the energy levels on 1st January more than a major signing but it is very very quite on that front. There are no deals on the table for anyone, whatever you may read, but really gaffa, the troops need it just like we needed Mesut.

Lets hope we get our Christmas wishes over the next couple of weeks, Up The Gooners and a Very Merry Christmas!