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The ability for events to happen, like transfers to Arsenal, lots of rumours but now real news just yet. Rumours also abound regarding more games at ‘The Emirates Stadium’

The facility needs to be tested prior to the first premiership game against Aston Villa on 19th August. Apart from Bergkamp’s testimonial, where they are allegedly allowing 40,000 into the ground, there are rumours of a 20,000 game V’s Barnet and the members day another 20,000 capacity.

Obviously the World Cup still dominates the footie news, with some Arsenal players making great contributions, notably Cesc making Spain look one of the most threatening teams to reach the second stage, Ashley for tremendous commitment and making a superb block denying Equador a certain goal, and Senderos, showing great courage and scoring a towering headed goal. Unfortunately for him a dislocated shoulder has put him out of the rest of the tournament.

Looking forward to Saturday, and hoping England, at last, with a team on paper that is one of the best in Germany starts performing like one.


June 26, 2006 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Rosicky gives USA both barrells

Tomas Rosicky becomes the first Gooner to make his mark at The World Cup, with 2 fantastic goals. The first, a superb strike from about 30 yards, that would have left Kasey Keller struggling even if he had started his dive last week!!! The second a sublime solo effort, started by himself in the Czech's own half, linking up with Nedved for a one-two, beating a confused USA defense then calmly sending Keller the wrong way clipping it into the right hand corner.

In a team of stars, Rosicky shone brightly,controlling the midfield and making some incredible strikes on goal, one almost breaking the cross bar.

"Looks like Arsene's found a great replacement for Pires"


Just enough time for a quick swim to cool down before the next game. 

June 12, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Arsenal @ The World Cup part 4… why did I start this?

Match 5

Argentina (2) V's The Ivory Coast (1)



The Ivory Coast go into the World Cup with the label as the best African team ever with 2 Arsenal defenders, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue, with possibly a future gooner Yaya Toure in the midfield amongst their team.


After a very open 23 mins, Riquelme swings in a free kick, and Chelsea scum Crespo, gets a couple of studs on the ball to prod it by the helpless Ivorian keeper – 1 Nil Argentina. 14 minutes later, a dubious offside goal by Saviola makes it 2 Nil.


 81 minutes, before Drogba, pulls back a deserved goal for The Ivory Coast.


Dirty cheating, diving Argies manage to scrape a win in their first game against World Cup first timers.

Best game so far. 

June 10, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arsenal @ The World Cup part 3…

Match 4

Sweden (0) Vs Trinidad & Tobago (0) 


Despite a hat full of household names, Sweden could only manage a 0-0 draw at half time. Freddy had a fairly active 1st half, providing a couple of good crosses and a few of his trade mark darting runs into the box.


Shaka Hislop, kept Trinidad in the game, with some fine blocks and saves from Larsson, Ibrahimovic and co. Trinidad's confidence grew and made some good chances themselves. england needs to up the ante if they want to beat either of these teams, Sweden were far more creative and dynamic when attacking and Trinidad's resolve, commitment and desire looks far greater than England's.

Shades of the Champions league, with Avery John getting the 1st red card of the tournament after just 30 seconds of the 2nd half, however a brave substitution bringing on another attacking player was refreshing to see.

The 10 men of Trinidad & Tobago, frustrate Sweden, some great defense, a lot of passion and pride secures them a much deserved 0-0 draw. 

June 10, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arsenal @ The World Cup

Match 3

England (1) Vs Paraguay (0) 



A very unimpressive start to England's World Cup campaign – a 1 Nil win, but achieved in a very unconvincing style. We couldn't even score, relying on an own goal for our win.

Not helped by a totally fucking incompetent referee, there is clearly only room for improvement.


Still under contract to Arsenal just… Ashley Cole clearly needs a few more games to be at his best, a few sloppy mistakes by Ashley could have put us into trouble on a couple of occasions. Clearly the games in the run up to the Champions League final were not enough and his confidence needs a boost if he is to be categorised as a trully world class left back.


Wonder kid Theo Walcott only made the bench, and despite Owen coming off, he didn't manage to make his 1st World Cup appearance, the muppet Hargreaves getting the nod ahead of him when Joe Cole came off.

Come on England, Sven's defensive Italian style of protecting a 1 Nil lead is not good enough to win this trophy. 

June 10, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arsenal @ The World Cup

Match 1


Germany (4) V's Costa Rica (2)


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Jens Lehmann fails to get his right foot to a Paulo Wanchope shot (12 mins) which allows Costa Rica to level the game at 1-1. Practically the only thing that Jens had to do in the 1st half. Good to see he moans a lot in Germany as well, not surprising looking at the shite defending by the Hun.

Judging from the 1st few minutes of this game it looks like the Adidas World Cup ball is going to be a real handfull for goalkeepers. Imagine playing with one of those balls you can buy at any British sea side resort for 99p, now imagine a gale force wind at Margate beach and thats how this ball reacts!! Oh what fun, we should be in for some amazing long range goals (even Lahm scores only his second international goal, aided by this kraut wunderball)

Shocking marking again, The Hun tries to play the off side trap again and Wanchope grabs a second, pulling one back (making it 3-2 on 73 mins.) slipping it by a bemused Jens in to the back of the onion bag.

Looks like Klinsman has learnt his coaching skills whilst at the Scum.

Germany clearly not at their best, however look fit and quite good whilst attacking, but clearly have serious issues at the back. This side is well beatable judging by this form.

Torsten Frings scores wunder goal from 30 yards to make in 4-2, outside of his right boot sees the ball curling past a helpless Costa Rica goalkeeper – a definite shout for goal of the tournament even at this early stage.

Not much for Jens to do in this game, 2 shots 2 goals, clearly not in the shot stopping form shown at Highbury this season. 

June 9, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exclusive…transfer news

Elstreegooner, gets its own domain, we are still powered by wordpress, but the new url is:




Thanks to Gunnerblog for all his help.

Elstreegooner will continue to bring you news and match day reports on a regular basis. Having secured two valuable season tickets in the Lower East after years on the waiting list I will be able to provide live match reports direct from The Emirates stadium. You will be able to experience exclusive photos, and a supporters account of the game along with the atmosphere  from this magnificent footballing cathedral.

June 3, 2006 Posted by | Transfer News | 5 Comments