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  1. Rules idea: Injuries caused by deliberate fouls

    Had a thought on the back of the Julian Bennet situation, where he was injured by a deliberate foul and is now out for 6 months. terrible luck on the lad, and also terrible luck on Southend, given the financial constraints we're under. I used to think that it would be interesting if, when a...
  2. Tampa Blue

    Phil Brown - Moonlighting

    Phil Brown at Upton Park, BBC 5 live pundit"It ended up a great finish from Robin van Persie, it was a very tight angle. It was getting a little congested in the West Ham penalty area and United are going for the win now."
  3. Uncle Leo

    Celebrity spotting

    At the risk of being even more low-brow than usual, I'm kicking off a thread where SZers can post their celebrity spots. This must involve spotting famous(ish) people in something other than their usual milieu - seeing Robin van Persie at the Emirates Stadium would not count, seeing Robin van...
  4. Rob Noxious

    Sexy Football

    Today brings an encounter which Ruud Gullit would surely describe as "sexy football." It's Brazil v Holland ... this promises to be one beautiful game, though I'd wager that the Dutch would need to go a bit ugly in order to win it. This Brazilian side have combined defensive solidity to their...
  5. Arsene Wenger: The Gift and The Curse.

    Such is this success of the Arsenal Ethos under Arsene Wenger that those who question him are instantly vilified by the Gunner’s faithful and, believe me, they have a point. No other Premier League manager can boast an unbeaten season, or even claim to have attributed so much to the progression...
  6. Adebayor Stamps His Authority, But Not His Quality

    Adebayor just doesn't get it, does he? He's a fine player when he wants to be, but his disgusting attitude will always stand between him and Manchester City Mediocrity. The Togolese centre forward started this season in sparkling form and is more than talented enough to be considered one of the...
  7. When Genius Met Lunacy

    Socrates. Paolo di Canio. Eric Cantona. Emannuel Adebayor. All undeniably great players that have suffered from the madness that often comes with the territory of genius. A game that celebrated some fantastic, flowing football will undoubtedly be remembered for two incidents surrounding the...
  8. Slipperduke

    The Season's Most Definitive Preview

    All summer long I've been dreading this moment. The time when I have to stop procrastinating, stop talking myself into corners and finally sit down to write my annual predictions preview of the season. No word of a lie, I've been struggling with this all summer. I've never known a season to be...
  9. Slipperduke

    Adebayor Needs Arsenal

    Do you think Emmanuel Adebayor realises that he may have brought all this upon himself? It always amazes me when footballers stand in front of the cameras and tell the world that their manager must start spending money on better players. They never seem to comprehend, even for a moment, that...
  10. Slipperduke

    Job Done

    Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal Sir Alex Ferguson stepped lightly across the slick Old Trafford turf, turning slowly and taking in the view as if it was his first ever visit to the stadium. With eyes full of awe and a broad grin splashed across his face, he let out a long, sigh of satisfaction...
  11. Slipperduke

    Don't Panic, Arsene

    As dawn broke on the morning after the worst night of his career, I wonder what Arsene Wenger was doing. For some reason, I imagine him stood at the back door of his house, watching the sun rise slowly over his dew-drenched garden, sipping coffee and shaking his head pensively, wondering what...
  12. Slipperduke

    Ruthless United Stun Arsenal

    There is a reason why Manchester United are the best team in the world. They don't lift all those trophies simply because they have better players, or smarter tactics. They succeed so frequently because Sir Alex Ferguson has built himself a team of winners, professional and ruthless, indomitable...
  13. Slipperduke

    Not So Fab, Lukasz

    Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea Walcott, 18 Malouda, 33 Drogba, 84 The vultures arrived at Wembley expecting to pick the flesh from Petr Cech's reputation, but it was birthday boy Lukasz Fabianski who offered up his own carcass, blundering in the late stages and costing his side a place in the FA Cup...
  14. Slipperduke

    Troubled Times For Cech

    Chelsea's season is in the sweaty hands of one man and he doesn't look entirely happy about it. If the Londoners are to have any hope of burying their second place curse, they need Petr Cech back to his best before this evening's FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal kicks off. Another disastrous...
  15. Slipperduke

    Champions League Reports

    Apologies, I've been rushed off my feet this week. Here's both games for you. Is it so inconceivable that Arsenal could end this strangest of seasons as Champions of Europe? Arsene Wenger described his side as 'super-outsiders' before the first leg of their clash with Villarreal, but even after...
  16. Slipperduke

    Furious Phil Unleashes Hell

    Arsenal 2-1 Hull City (Van Persie, 74) (Barmby, 12) (Gallas, 84) Phil Brown's phone will be red hot by now. In one exhilarating ten minute press conference, the furious Hull City manager unleashed a string of attacks aimed at everyone he deemed responsible for his team's exit. He accused Cesc...
  17. Slipperduke

    Brave Arsenal Squeeze Through

    Roma 1-0 Arsenal (6-7 on pens) (Juan, 9) We've always known that Arsenal's kids are talented. Now we know that they're brave as well. After an energy-sapping 120 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico, 111 of them played without their single goal safety net, they picked themselves up off the floor and...
  18. Slipperduke

    Scolari Rattled

    Luiz Felipe Scolari may not be delivering the goods on the pitch, but off it he remains as dramatic as ever. In a chaotic post-match press conference, he demanded an apology from referee Mike Dean for Arsenal's opening goal and appeared to hint at a conspiracy against his team. A consummate...
  19. Question Should I email Arsene?!?!

    I am deliberating emailing my Gooner mate & Arsene himself regarding a one week lone of Robin Van Persie for the first week in 2009, of course, he wouldn't be cup tied etc - well not until he returns to Arsenal anyway! Throwing in the usual free lodgings, stick of rock, kiss me quick hat etc -...
  20. Slipperduke

    Nervous Gunners Slip Through

    Cesc Fabregas is the youngest Arsenal captain since Tony Adams and, appropriately enough, the new era began much like the old one. The Gunners were tentative and unsure of themselves, but recovered their composure to sneak a victory. One nil to the Arsenal? Meet the new boss, same as the old...