The Great Dane in happier times!
I enjoy giving young Gooner writers a platform, if they have a good idea and can write too, so a warm 1ND2OU welcome to William Sparks. A confident 17 year Arsenal fan from Glasgow hoping to come to London to be closer to his beloved Arsenal when he goes to University Known to many of you on twitter as @LittleWillAFC today Will has written a thought provoking piece on the self proclaimed ‘Great Dane,’ the one and only NB52…..
It was a cold wintery afternoon at The Emirates, and the game between fierce north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham was deadlocked at 81 minutes into the game. Arsene Wenger, not renowned for his bold substitutions began to prepare one. The substitutes name was Nicklas Bendtner, an 18 year old Danish centre-forward purchased from Copenhagen in 2004. He made his way on to field, strode in to the box, leaped above Teemu Tainio like a salmon, and the resulting winner was written into Emirates folk lore for the rest of our Arsenal supporting lives.
It should have been the start of a love affair with the Gunner faithful.
Now, the scene I have tried to set in the opening paragraph makes it seem like I was introducing someone who was going on to become young world player of the year, unfortunately I wasn’t. I’m introducing Nicklas Bendtner, a player who is now 25, and currently on loan at Italian champions Juventus. He’s failed to score in any of the 9 games he’s played in at present and in December his season took an almighty blow as he got injured in a Serie A game against Calgari, and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Continue reading
You cannot reverse the aging but you can change the mentality back Arsene
I have not written for a while, not because I have been busy, but more because I was keeping my counsel and waiting until I felt I had something worthwhile to say. There has been a huge amount of understandable frustration and some very extreme outpourings of emotion after a poor few weeks on the pitch for our team. I did not want to add to the insane level of negativity but rather wait until I had something positive of constructive to post.
I am an Arsenal supporter first. I support the CLUB, not the manager or its players. I have supported since the early 1970s and have seen some quite horrible periods, far worse than we are seeing at present. However I am not going to sit here and say we should wait for 2014 to compete, or set 4th place as a target. Indeed I would rather win a cup and finish 5th but I know I am in the minority there. No I want success and I want it this season but unlike many I do not see huge signings or a change in manager as necessarily the route to achieve it.
For me the change required is a change of mentality from Arsene Wenger, or perhaps a reversion to the old Arsene Wenger. What I want from Wenger is what any fan should expect from a football coach operating at the highest level of the game – Tactical awareness and tactical flexibility. Right now and for at least 4 seasons I believe we have singularly not seen this at Arsenal. Continue reading
I am sure many of you follow @YorkshireGuner on twitter and I am delighted to welcome back my good pal Andy Wood to ’1nildown2oneup.’ Today he returns to reprise his role as top tipster and this is our guide to the very best in EPL bets for 2012/13. Over to Andy….
Now then, thanks once more to Dave for once more allowing me a spot on his superb Blog. After the major success of Dave`s World Tour along I come to lower the tone again. This Post is not hugely in depth but rather a pointer towards what can be found in various Betting Markets on Arsenal.
Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know I tweet an Arsenal bet of the Day on (or just before Arsenal Match Days) anyone that followed the tips would have made around £50 profit on the season, not a life changing sum I admit but if same profit were to be returned this coming season it would pay for next seasons new Arsenal Top!
With that in mind here are some early-season bets that could be worth a flutter… Continue reading
Delighted to be introducing Ryan Rocastle today as my newest guest blogger. Ryan has been a friend and supporter to my writing and to ’1nildown2oneup’ from day one. He gave an interview to me at the back end of 2011 which I updated and posted again around the anniversary of his father’s passing. The link for this will be at the bottom of Ryan’s piece if you missed it in March. Ryan has been threatening to write an article for the site ever since and on Friday night/Saturday morning he was finally inspired to do so. I guess I knew his subject would be Arshavin, as we had discussed it earlier. However Ryan was so delighted by Andrey’s performance on Friday, but at the same time angered by some of the comments about the enigmatic Russian on twitter that he began writing….. he finished at 2am Saturday morning and this is pretty much word for word his thoughts…….. 2.09am Saturday 9th June. Over to Ryan…. Continue reading
A Sunday morning blog with a difference today from my good friend and regular guest contributor, Andy Wood @yorkshiregunner . A welcome distraction from largely speculative transfer gossip into an entirely different arena of speculation! I have asked Andy to cast is eye over the betting opportunities for those who like a punt on the footie or those who have thought about it but were not so sure. Either way this makes for a cracking read and can you feed back to Andy of myself if you would like this to become a regular feature on’1nildown2oneup’ next season. Thanks Dave (@goonerdave66)
With the Arsenal Season over most fans will now be awaiting the Euro2012 ‘Football Extravaganza’ to start. Although Arsenal aren’t involved we have a number of players who will be. To add a bit of spice as a neutral a lot of people will have a flutter on the tournament or games they watch. Anyone that follows me on Twitter will know I post an Arsenal Bet before every Game, (over the season anyone placing all the bets would have ended up around £20-£30 up).I also tipped RVP for Player of the Season last August at 20-1. I`d like to look at a few markets, that may be of interest to Gooners who like to chance their arm. Most prices come from Oddschecker.com and prices can fluctuate so don’t blame me if the price has changed!!! Continue reading