My Arsenal DVD Clearout – Grab A Xmas Bargain!

I’m having a clearout of my Arsenal DVD collection to raise some money for the cold winter months and some sort of festival apparently called Xmas. I’ve never heard about it before either, but apparently it can cost money and hence these auctions.

So I thought I’d let you guys know that they are up for auction on eBay, and all of them are in brand new condition and only been watched once. Also there seems to be a few rare ones in there too, like the Italian Job, Centurions (Dennis & Titi’s 100 goals) and few others which are apparently no longer in production.

Here is the list of Arsenal DVD’s available:

It’s Up For Grabs Now!
Centurions (Dennis Bergkamp & Thierry Henry – 100 Goals)

Arsene Wenger’s Magic Hat (Includes Boring Boring Arsenal feature)
Classic Victories Over Manchester United
The Italian Job – Inter Milan 1, Arsenal 5
Arsene’s Eleven XI

Arsenal Season Review 2002/2003
Arsenal Season Review 2003/2004 (The Untouchables)
Arsenal Season Review 2004/2005 (See Cristiano Ronaldo Cry!)
Arsenal Season Review 2005/2006 (Farewell to Highbury)

And you can see the auctions by clicking here.

All of the auctions have no reserve, and bidding only starts from a penny so you could get a bargain for Xmas which would be nice wouldn’t it?

About half of them actually end tonight, so I really should have posted this over the weekend! But a few still have a few days left on them.

Update: The ones with lines through mean the auction for that particular DVD has ended and therefore is no longer available.

Why England & The FA Are A Complete Joke

This will be the last thing I write about England, because the whole thing is tiresome, depressing and just a complete joke. I’ve talked about player quotas, why they don’t deserve to qualify and how everyone shouldn’t underestimate Croatia.

But what I think goes against the mainstream media.

And now, the stupidity has got even worse.

FA Chairman Geoff Thompson said today:

“Like every England fan, we are all bitterly disappointed that we have failed to qualify for Euro 2008, and I know Steve feels that disappointment more than anyone.”

Really?

I wish I could feel Steve McClarens dissapointment too, because I could do with 2 million quid in my back pocket for somehow managing England to a failed qualification campaign.

I’m sure every England fan could do with feeling ‘McClaren’s disappointment’, as you get a £2 million payoff for the privilege!

The world has truly gone mad.

I will admit though that I thought Sven was a poor manager for England, and we couldn’t do much worse. Well I stand corrected. At least Sven bloody qualified for the major tournaments.

McClaren should really refund all those England fans that turned up to Wembley with their families and watched last nights quite frankly disgraceful display from a bunch of over-hyped, over-paid and pathetic excuse for players.

They simply couldn’t be arsed!

And that was so disappointing.

Steve McClaren called for pride, passion, attitude and character from the players last night.

I saw absolutely none of that yesterday.

Croatia epitomised EVERYTHING England are not. They didn’t need to win, they didn’t have to try, but because they were wearing their national shirt they played for the fans, for their country.

They have pride, they are grateful and honoured to represent their country, and understand what international football is all about.

I’ve seen a hell of a lot more ‘passion and pride’ from Israel, Russia and Croatia in this years qualifying campaign.

It’s not about fancy sponsorships, football boot deals or money.

It’s about giving everything when you have the distinction of wearing the England shirt. Northern Ireland and Scotland might not have qualified for next summers tournament, but they did their country proud.

Can you say that about England?

Steve McClaren & England Go Out With A Bang

Finally McClaren has realised what I’ve been saying for years. That Paul Robinson is complete rubbish. I asked a few weeks ago how many goals tubby had conceded against Arsenal and the general consensus was around the 40 mark. Good job!

There’s also been a lot of talk about Beckham and whether he’ll reach 100 caps, but McClaren has dropped him too in favour of Shaun Wright Philips.

It looks like the soon-to-be-fired England manager is going with a 5 man midfield of Gerrard, Lampard, Barry, Joe Cole and SWP, although you would assume the Liverpool man would play just behind Crouch like he’s done for his club so many times.

And the back four is rumoured to be Wayne Bridge, Sol Campbell, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards.

I would feel more comfortable if David Beckham was playing tonight, because at least then Crouch would get some decent servce!

And I would feel even more comfortable if England needed to win the game. England play at their best when they have to win, and if that was the case I would predict a 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline – no question.

But knowing a draw is good enough can be a burden and if the scores are still level after an hour then we’ll end up sitting back and inviting pressure. Then one little mistake or one piece of magic could all but end England’s hopes of qualification.

So we know Croatia won’t have a better chance to win at Wembley.

Ever.

Ferdinand, Terry, Rooney and Owen are all out.

And with bookies offering 7/1 odds no-one is giving Croatia a chance in hell.

But surely it’s not going to be that easy is it?

And tactically McClaren isn’t exactly the best.

Arsenal’s Eduardo Da Silva isn’t setting the Premiership on fire as yet, but for Croatia that is a completely different kettle of fish. He scored the opening goal (against Paul Robinson, who else) in the game in Croatia and he has 13 goals in 20 international appearances.

That’s impressive for any nation.

He is second in the qualifying goalscoring charts only behind Northern Ireland’s David Healy.

And when you consider the teams in the European qualifying groups, and the better service their strikers get, you start to understand how dangerous Croatia actually are.

Yes, they lost to Macedonia at the weekend, but the conditions in that game were quite frankly horrendous and it was their only defeat of their qualifying campaign so far. And you would think the prestige of playing at a stadium like Wembley would spur the Croatians on to at least have a go at England.

If Israel can beat Russia, then Croatia can beat England.

Expect fireworks tonight.

Because if England don’t score in the first half then things could get edgy!

Arsenal’s Biggest Test Yet: Those Cold Away Days

The fact of the matter is that this season, Arsenal have so far been sensational and surpassed expectations of the vast majority of the fans – including this one.

But as the darker evenings set in Arsenal will face the biggest test of the season so far.

Those cold and wet away days.

As you can see from the fixture list in the graphic above (you may need to refresh to see the latest version) Arsenal have just played 4 away games from their last 5 matches, and from the next 5 have another 4 away games; this time travelling to Sevilla, Aston Villa, Newcastle & Middlesbrough.

It’s going to be a tough November & December.

And even before the new year, Arsenal have to travel to Blackburn (Carling Cup), Portsmouth and Everton.

Even the most optimistic Arsenal fan would be surprised if we managed to get through all of those games unbeaten. There are some really tough matches in there.

Sandwiched in between those away games we have a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest, and Premiership matches against Chelsea and Tottenham.

If Arsenal can get through to January still top of the league, or at least within touching distance of the leaders then I will start to believe we can win it.

These tough away days will be games where things might not go our way. There will be dodgy decisions against us, hard tackling and we will find it hard to play our normal game. The remainder of November and the month of December is Arsenal’s biggest test so far this season and real questions will be asked of our young squad.

It’s whether Arsenal can get through this adversity and still win like they have been so far this campaign.

And it looks like it’s not just Arsenal fans who are wondering how the team will perform over the coming months. ITV, Sky Sports and Setanta Sports will be covering every Arsenal game in December, as well as our trip to Sevilla in the Champions League in November.

Looks like Arsenal were worth watching after all.

I HOPE ENGLAND DO NOT QUALIFY FOR EURO 2008

Nope, you didn’t just misread the headline. I did write it in capital letters so you could have hardly missed it.

Although I personally think they’ll qualify anyway.

But I’m just sick to death with the circus surrounding England.

Not to mention the constant disappointment and under-achievement at every major tournament I have seen them in.

So why don’t I want England to qualify?

Because of the ridiculous views of Steve McClaren, Steve Gerrard, Steve Coppell and Steve Ferguson. Sorry, I mean Alex Ferguson.

As people have already pointed out, it seems the whole England setup and English media are gearing up for an unsuccessful qualification campaign to Euro 2008 and the ‘foreigner’ issue is the perfect subject to sell more papers and cause more controversy.

What sells more than blaming those ‘damn foreigners’ eh?

Nevermind the fact England haven’t won anything since 1966.

It must have been because of the huge influx of foreign players coming in during 1967. I do apologise about forgetting about that, it was a long time ago you see.

You wouldn’t mind if there was some intelligent debate from the media or the England coach and players but saying English players don’t get a chance and blaming foreign players doesn’t hold any water. And just because you repeat it over and over again doesn’t make it true. It’s like speaking to someone who doesn’t speak your language and to help them understand you REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN SLOWER AND LOUDER. It doesn’t matter how many times you do it you still look like a complete retard.

And another reason England shouldn’t qualify is that they simply don’t deserve it.

I hate to say this but look at the Germans.

How many of their players would get into our national side? The fact is talent-wise, they are much worse off that England. But somehow, they easily qualified for next years tournament in a much harder group than ours!

And look at Scotland. They go into the last game of their qualifying campaign with a place at Euro 2008 in their own hands (and the best of luck to them this weekend). That is in a group which contains previous World Champions France, and current World Champions Italy! If England were in that group, they wouldn’t even have got close to being where the Scots are now. And that is the sad fact.

What does that tell you?

But can you blame McClaren and the players for their reactions?

If England don’t qualify, the McClaren will lose his job, and the players will risk being called failures until the next qualification round starts again.

So you can see why they are looking for scapegoats.

It’s a pity someone like Roy Keane isn’t currently playing for England. At least you would get an honest assessment of the situation from a player, instead of someone like Steven Gerrard who quite frankly is pathetic.

Wasn’t this the same player who was licking Sven’s arse when the Swede was in charge and then slagged him off once he stopped managing England? I would call Gerrard two-faced but he would probably think I was talking about the current state of Britain’s dental healthcare.

The conduct of the whole England setup and media has disappointed me to be honest over the last few weeks. The media seem to ask everyone their opinion on the poor form of England and they only seem to print and publish answers which blame the foreign players. The press need to be more responsible, because people believe what they write.

I vaguely remember reading a piece from Chris Waddle a while ago about how English players are over-hyped and think they have a god-given right to play in the World Cup. Good luck finding it though, since it’s drowned in an ocean of ‘player quota’ stories.

Thank God the web has blogs where people can voice their opinions and think for themselves instead of being fed constant drivel from the mainstream press.

I can’t be bothered writing even more reasons why the player quota system is badly flawed so you can read my previous piece on it here. It also includes a lot of intelligent comments from the readers so I thank them for that and for contributing in the first place.