One might easily believe Mahlon Christensen was predestined to be a Gooner. Some 17 years, ago he wins a 2002-2003 Arsenal away kit during a pub quiz. Soon after, his good friend and rabid Arsenal supporter, Tal, visits and hands him a copy of Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby’s memoir of Arsenal fandom. He immediately connectsContinue reading “Ooh to be a Gooner: Mahlon”
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We interrupt this title run
As we get ready to adjourn the Premiership season for a month to accommodate an ill-advised World Cup, who amongst us thought Arsenal would be in pole position? We’ve had a fun ride so far and if Arsenal do the business against Wolves Saturday, we’ll stay top of the table until our Boxing Day matchContinue reading “We interrupt this title run”
What becomes a legend most?
Legend. A term perhaps bandied about too much. When it comes to Arsenal, certain players instantly to mind. For me, it’s these two and I’m not alone. Gooners picked them to occupy the number 1 and 2 spots on the “Gunners Greatest 50 Players” list. And while we’ve had some truly great players since, fewContinue reading “What becomes a legend most?”
Bumps in the road?
Bound to happen, wasn’t it. We’ve been so caught up in winning and singing “We are top of the league” after every match, we maybe forgot how young this side is, the monumental nature of the task ahead, or that we won’t effortlessly swat every side aside. Southampton has been a bit of a bogeyContinue reading “Bumps in the road?”
The luck of The Arsenal
Always a little worrisome during the buildup to the weekend match, when various people assure you Arsenal will batter the club they’re facing. I always ignore that sort of hubris because it rarely works out the way people predict. Following a 30+ minute technical delay, Arsenal and Leeds battled it out in fast-paced scrappy fashion,Continue reading “The luck of The Arsenal”
Winning: still a thing
The raucous crowd of Gooners who turned up last Sunday at Maggie’s were rewarded for their dedication, with sublime football, some defensive hiccups, a few nervy moments, and finally, a softer penalty than Arsenal are used to getting. But a win is a win is a win and when Saka calmly dispatched the match winner,Continue reading “Winning: still a thing”
We good yet?
Wow, a joy to watch Arsenal dispatch their biggest rival and much more so, with 100+ Gooners packed in Maggie’s for a 4:30am kickoff. Talk about dedication. With that win, Arsenal have played 8, won 7, lost 1, and sit atop the table. Still, many of the narratives about this side we’re seeing, talk aboutContinue reading “We good yet?”
What do we think of…?
Definitely been a minute. With the Queen’s passing and the subsequent match-postponements, seeing Arsenal play feels like a distant memory. But we’re back at it Saturday with a North London Derby. Saturday’s match is a 4:30AM PT kickoff, but Maggie’s will be open and we will be there! We’re also giving away posters commemorating aContinue reading “What do we think of…?”
See you in October
Thank you for your understanding. See you for the North London Derby! Cheers, Mark
No match this weekend
We were just talking about fixture congestion and it’s likely to get worse in the future. The FA has opted to cancel this weekend’s fixtures, out of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died this week. So obviously no Everton match-viewing this Sunday at Maggie’s and we’ll be back on Thursday for Arsenal’sContinue reading “No match this weekend”