Arsenal Thread - 2021/22

Where will Arsenal finish?

  • Title Contenders

    Votes: 7 1.2%
  • Champion's League Contender

    Votes: 117 19.9%
  • Europa League

    Votes: 187 31.7%
  • Mid-table Boring Season

    Votes: 167 28.4%
  • Lower Half Mediocrity

    Votes: 76 12.9%
  • Relegation Fodder

    Votes: 35 5.9%

  • Total voters
    589

Dave Ewing's Back 'eader

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No calculator. If you know there's 8 half crowns in a quid it's easy.
Half a crown was a monster of a coin, and only half the size of a crown (unsurprisingly). Makes today's coins look a bit pathetic.
Let's not forget florins, either. Ten in a pound.

The coins aren't bad, it's the fuckin' system they put them in. There was a question on The Chase the other day. How many old threepenny bits in a pound. Mrs Ewing and I did the sum in a different way but both came up with eighty. The dumb bastard had the choice of three 'n picked 60. I bet he works in a bank!
 

ancoats

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i used to hate the top 4 in how they never respected the both cups until the semi finals or a big tie.
you get to understand it more being a manchester city fan and the amount of games we ask of the big players.
but the one thing you can not say about manchester city and pep is the lack of respect we give both cups. yes we rotate and give the squad a run out and the 2nd choice keepers get the shirt most times.

funny thing from watching arsenal yesterday was in their team selection and thinking they have a good squad ? they did not respect the cup or nottingham forest and it felt like a old arsene wenger choice of team and all the eggs in the basket of making top 4.

arsenal are not a top 4 club anymore and 3 or 4 clubs rotate that position every season or they look to the europa league for champions league place. mikel arteta got it wrong yesterday and its was a chance to go on and maybe have a crack at the FA cup. but if he was thinking the league cup tie vs liverpool will give arsenal the best chance of silverware then he will be wrong again
 

deegee33

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So just out of curiosity what made a 35 years service teacher in the US decide to become a City fan?
Have you ever been to a match at The Etihad or Maine Road ?
Do you wear any City apparel on your free journeys within the Philly metro area,and if you do,does it ever get commented on by other members of the public ?
Just interested to find out if City's profile is as high in the US as it is now in the UK and Europe.
My father was injured in the war fighting for the allied troops in N.Africa. Apparently, he was very good at what he did so instead of transferring back to the States he was transferred to a joint air force base near Manchester to teach new recruits the use of the weapon with which he was proficient. He fell in with a group of City fans and fell in love with the game.
When I was 5, I joined a soccer club my Dad said ok, if you're going to play the sport, you're a City fan and showed me some pictures that he had brought back from the war of him and some of his Manc mates playing. On my 10th birthday in 1965 my Dad took me on a trip to a reunion in Manchester with his army buddies where of course we attended a City match. At that point I fell in love with City, the game and the culture around it. During college I spent a 1/2year in England studying at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesboro. Two guys from the college football team were from Manchester and were City fans, every other Saturday morning the three of us would hitchhike across the north to Manchester to attend services at Maine Road. If I remember correctly we always walked up and bought tickets for I believe £2.15 and a pint of lager was 35p. Anyway, every five years or so my two mates from my Boro days and I would have our own reunion back in Manchester or they would come to Philadelphia and we would attend an Eagles game, sadly one of them passed away pre-covid and our planned reunion in 2020 was postponed due to the insidious ailment. My next trip is tentatively scheduled for September 2025 at which time I plan on bringing both of my sons and both of my grandsons to celebrate my 70th birthday.
Regarding the wearing of the colors, although I am only 15lbs. heavier than my college playing weight, I think an FOC like me looks rather silly in a football kit. I do however have several City hats, sweatshirts and windbreakers with the original logo, the logo with the goofy bird and stars on it and the new logo. Comically, I had a City cap on while riding the train around Christmas, the attendant collecting my ticket noticed the hat and said to me, "I'm a united fan, how long have you been a City supporter? My guess would be about 10 years right?" The look on his face when I pulled a ticket stub from November 1978 City v Derby County, Maine Road, Manchester from my wallet was priceless, stupid red bastard. Upon leaving the train I remarked to the lad, "good luck winning the Wenger Cup"! The look on his face was one of puzzlement followed by an unexplained rage because he had no reply. Made my day.
 

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My father was injured in the war fighting for the allied troops in N.Africa. Apparently, he was very good at what he did so instead of transferring back to the States he was transferred to a joint air force base near Manchester to teach new recruits the use of the weapon with which he was proficient. He fell in with a group of City fans and fell in love with the game.
When I was 5, I joined a soccer club my Dad said ok, if you're going to play the sport, you're a City fan and showed me some pictures that he had brought back from the war of him and some of his Manc mates playing. On my 10th birthday in 1965 my Dad took me on a trip to a reunion in Manchester with his army buddies where of course we attended a City match. At that point I fell in love with City, the game and the culture around it. During college I spent a 1/2year in England studying at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesboro. Two guys from the college football team were from Manchester and were City fans, every other Saturday morning the three of us would hitchhike across the north to Manchester to attend services at Maine Road. If I remember correctly we always walked up and bought tickets for I believe £2.15 and a pint of lager was 35p. Anyway, every five years or so my two mates from my Boro days and I would have our own reunion back in Manchester or they would come to Philadelphia and we would attend an Eagles game, sadly one of them passed away pre-covid and our planned reunion in 2020 was postponed due to the insidious ailment. My next trip is tentatively scheduled for September 2025 at which time I plan on bringing both of my sons and both of my grandsons to celebrate my 70th birthday.
Regarding the wearing of the colors, although I am only 15lbs. heavier than my college playing weight, I think an FOC like me looks rather silly in a football kit. I do however have several City hats, sweatshirts and windbreakers with the original logo, the logo with the goofy bird and stars on it and the new logo. Comically, I had a City cap on while riding the train around Christmas, the attendant collecting my ticket noticed the hat and said to me, "I'm a united fan, how long have you been a City supporter? My guess would be about 10 years right?" The look on his face when I pulled a ticket stub from November 1978 City v Derby County, Maine Road, Manchester from my wallet was priceless, stupid red bastard. Upon leaving the train I remarked to the lad, "good luck winning the Wenger Cup"! The look on his face was one of puzzlement followed by an unexplained rage because he had no reply. Made my day.
rag
 

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My father was injured in the war fighting for the allied troops in N.Africa. Apparently, he was very good at what he did so instead of transferring back to the States he was transferred to a joint air force base near Manchester to teach new recruits the use of the weapon with which he was proficient. He fell in with a group of City fans and fell in love with the game.
When I was 5, I joined a soccer club my Dad said ok, if you're going to play the sport, you're a City fan and showed me some pictures that he had brought back from the war of him and some of his Manc mates playing. On my 10th birthday in 1965 my Dad took me on a trip to a reunion in Manchester with his army buddies where of course we attended a City match. At that point I fell in love with City, the game and the culture around it. During college I spent a 1/2year in England studying at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesboro. Two guys from the college football team were from Manchester and were City fans, every other Saturday morning the three of us would hitchhike across the north to Manchester to attend services at Maine Road. If I remember correctly we always walked up and bought tickets for I believe £2.15 and a pint of lager was 35p. Anyway, every five years or so my two mates from my Boro days and I would have our own reunion back in Manchester or they would come to Philadelphia and we would attend an Eagles game, sadly one of them passed away pre-covid and our planned reunion in 2020 was postponed due to the insidious ailment. My next trip is tentatively scheduled for September 2025 at which time I plan on bringing both of my sons and both of my grandsons to celebrate my 70th birthday.
Regarding the wearing of the colors, although I am only 15lbs. heavier than my college playing weight, I think an FOC like me looks rather silly in a football kit. I do however have several City hats, sweatshirts and windbreakers with the original logo, the logo with the goofy bird and stars on it and the new logo. Comically, I had a City cap on while riding the train around Christmas, the attendant collecting my ticket noticed the hat and said to me, "I'm a united fan, how long have you been a City supporter? My guess would be about 10 years right?" The look on his face when I pulled a ticket stub from November 1978 City v Derby County, Maine Road, Manchester from my wallet was priceless, stupid red bastard. Upon leaving the train I remarked to the lad, "good luck winning the Wenger Cup"! The look on his face was one of puzzlement followed by an unexplained rage because he had no reply. Made my day.
Absolutely brilliant and fantastic reply blue buddy. You're obviously no JCL to being a City fan. I admire all our overseas fans who put the effort in and try their best to make the pilgrimage to worship at the altar of Manchester City.
Interesting that your Dad met City fans over here during WW2. Yanks the film springs to mind as it was filmed in the North West of England.
And other teams fans say we have no history!!
And I agree with you about being an old guy and wearing City shirts.
But I like to wear City Polo's,long sleeve in winter and baseball caps, and have City key fobs as zip pulls etc.
Great post my Yankee friend!!!!
 

Wienerwald

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My father was injured in the war fighting for the allied troops in N.Africa. Apparently, he was very good at what he did so instead of transferring back to the States he was transferred to a joint air force base near Manchester to teach new recruits the use of the weapon with which he was proficient. He fell in with a group of City fans and fell in love with the game.
When I was 5, I joined a soccer club my Dad said ok, if you're going to play the sport, you're a City fan and showed me some pictures that he had brought back from the war of him and some of his Manc mates playing. On my 10th birthday in 1965 my Dad took me on a trip to a reunion in Manchester with his army buddies where of course we attended a City match. At that point I fell in love with City, the game and the culture around it. During college I spent a 1/2year in England studying at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesboro. Two guys from the college football team were from Manchester and were City fans, every other Saturday morning the three of us would hitchhike across the north to Manchester to attend services at Maine Road. If I remember correctly we always walked up and bought tickets for I believe £2.15 and a pint of lager was 35p. Anyway, every five years or so my two mates from my Boro days and I would have our own reunion back in Manchester or they would come to Philadelphia and we would attend an Eagles game, sadly one of them passed away pre-covid and our planned reunion in 2020 was postponed due to the insidious ailment. My next trip is tentatively scheduled for September 2025 at which time I plan on bringing both of my sons and both of my grandsons to celebrate my 70th birthday.
Regarding the wearing of the colors, although I am only 15lbs. heavier than my college playing weight, I think an FOC like me looks rather silly in a football kit. I do however have several City hats, sweatshirts and windbreakers with the original logo, the logo with the goofy bird and stars on it and the new logo. Comically, I had a City cap on while riding the train around Christmas, the attendant collecting my ticket noticed the hat and said to me, "I'm a united fan, how long have you been a City supporter? My guess would be about 10 years right?" The look on his face when I pulled a ticket stub from November 1978 City v Derby County, Maine Road, Manchester from my wallet was priceless, stupid red bastard. Upon leaving the train I remarked to the lad, "good luck winning the Wenger Cup"! The look on his face was one of puzzlement followed by an unexplained rage because he had no reply. Made my day.
Great back-story. Thanks for sharing.
 

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