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Art Vandelay

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  1. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I think it’s made football worse in almost every respect. I honestly cannot understand how anyone who enjoys the sport outside of an academic sense can defend it at this stage.
  2. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Just burn the whole thing, it’s absolutely ridiculous. The penalty is as onside as the goal and there was no contact anyway. It’s 100% a dive. We’ve got zero change again from a ref, and Atwell is an incompetent.
  3. I find Jamali hilarious. I like that he doesn't partake in all the knowingly hurdy-wordy-gurdy abstract weirdness of it and just acts how a normal person would if asked to be on this show. I think it plays into the desire I have for unfiltered regular people to be dropped into performative lifestyle formats. Like asking a couple of hairy arsed builders to critique a bloke's new makeover suit instead of Gok Wan for instance. He's still playing a character, but if everyone throws themselves into it then it becomes exhausting.
  4. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    That was great last night. I think as soon as we move the ball quickly and have some unpredictability in our play we look like a different team. I hope it's Arteta feeling out what sort of coach he is, but that super deliberate mechanical football he's picked up from Pep just isn't us and doesn't do him any favours at all. It was interesting as we had arguably the slowest back four ever fielded in a game of professional football as a base, then plenty of running elsewhere. Dunno if that tells us anything or not.
  5. I haven’t even heard of half of that! That Rochelle track is a a monster though. I think I bought that on the strength of a recommendation in this very thread in fact.
  6. Malcolm X thought he was a black man which thickens the plot.
  7. This is a nice treat. A Louie Vega tribute show for George Benson's birthday. Includes a version of Golden Lady produced by Bluey that never got released!
  8. Man Utd have had a net spend of nearly a billion pounds since Fergie left. Finances have never been the problem there, there's just no plan.
  9. I started watching A Perfect Crime yesterday. It's a German documentary about the assassination of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder who was the head of the Treuhandanstalt. It's a good story and a fascinating time in history, but the whole thing is chock full of glum footage of East Germany in the early 1990s. If you're into that sort of thing it's a bit of a treat, but as a history lesson it's amazing too. I did think it was just going to be West German financiers talking about how wicked capital is, but there's a few socialist straight shooters who don't mind bigging up the RAF too, so it's more eve
  10. Just a bunch of happy Italians living in the moment.
  11. I doubt that ever actually happened. I think we just wrote down a big figure with a smilie face and a question mark.
  12. Wenger didn't hang on for completely selfless reasons, but he was well aware of the type of people ready to waltz in and trouser all that lovely money we had saved up. The moment he left it was a free-for-all. Over the last couple of years we've left ourselves potless by buying a load of dross, giving stupid contracts, paying for agent's retirements and letting everyone leave for nothing. Not to say Wenger was faultless, but it's so much worse now. Arsenal and Man Utd are similar in that they have hopeless owners, there's no plan and they're burning through money, but Utd have the commercial i
  13. He's not that funny either.
  14. I remember reading a thing where John Terry said he'd be sat at home and get a message from Mourinho asking if he's watching some shite on the telly, they'd get a back and forth going and then Jose would just stop responding. Ghosting your own club captain to get him real thirsty and make sure he'll commit his crimes against football for you is sociopathic. Saying that, on this and every other occasion, Solskjaer has simply the absolute worst patter in world football. Just a bizarre man.
  15. Whatever anyone's opinion on it, ABBA aren't mum music. Like, mums do seem to like it, but then so do lots of other types of people. So much so that they're probably one of the most universally enjoyed artists to ever have existed. Their spectrum of fans is vast. I don't even like them and even I can see that. Is it not possible to enjoy something if your mum likes it? That's a bit sad. I thought people were over the Disco Sux thing 30 years ago anyway? I get immediately suspicious of anyone who can't enjoy definitively the greatest musical genre. Being unable to relate to music ex
  16. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I think it’s all been worth it for the nickname ‘The Injured Partay’ though. Money well spent.
  17. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I live for the annual Ceballos Maradona impersonation.
  18. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    The goal all stemmed from having a very limited right back playing out of position and not being capable of passing a simple ball with his off foot, or having the courage to drive forward 20 yards. The rest just dominoes from there. You could do a paternity test and blame whoever stuck their hand up in January and suggested we sell anyone who can deputise at left back for that ugly unwanted goal baby. If Saka was at left back like anyone with a brain between their ears would have suggested then we win that game, but we set up in a way that all small time teams do in a first leg. They pretty mu
  19. Crispin fought the good fight in this thread.
  20. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Partey looks absolutely bloody awful. I’m clinging to the fact that it’s not like he’s bad whilst everyone around him is great, he’s simply sunk to the level of the team. Saka, Tierney and Smith-Rowe are the only ones seemingly capable of being able to raise their game above the collective. Arteta got it 100% wrong last night. Conservative line-up and horrible timing for subs. That’s the sort of team that Wenger would have blown away with dreck like Denilson and Chamakh playing. Some of these players are just done. I cannot watch Willian huff and puff up the wing ever a
  21. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Christ alive, this bloody club.
  22. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Yeah the investment has been massive and absolutely dire. Even going back to spending £100m in successive windows on two strikers who can't play together. That's been a problem since day one and we've never looked like solving it. I don't think anyone thought when we did finally start spending money we'd lash it on a winger no-one trusts, a defender who's not kicked a ball for us, a midfielder who spends his time injured or donating balls to floodlight technicians and Willian's garage. It must surely be the most expensive team to ever finish in the bottom half. It worries me most w
  23. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I think I agree there. I don't think Arteta knows enough about what he's doing to come up with a consistent winning formula. A league run is one thing, but to not be able to come up with a plan over two games would be a shocking indictment on his abilities. I read a good comment on Arseblog the other day which I'll try to remember. It was basically describing an equation for success in top level football. Quality of manager + Ambition and vision of owners X Cold hard cash = progress. I feel the multiplier hasn't been an issue over the last few years, but the first two factors haven
  24. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Slavia are a really decent team, the type of hard running mob of super units we always come unstuck against. The two scenarios where we don't overpower them with individual quality and limp out, effectively ending yet another rebuilding project are: we abandon the plan to play out because we shit our pants again like at the weekend, hoof it long and get dominated by physicality. Or, we pitch up thinking it's been won already and conspire to somehow volley it in our own net off of Ceballos' arse or something. I know this as it has happened thousands of times before. Just concentrate for the who
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