SG Podcast 23 – Mentally Drained

After a mentally draining (but ultimately successful) semi final, Ben, Chris & Steve are joined by Jeremy Lebor from 89th Minute to talk all things Arsenal.


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SG Podcast 21 – More therapy required

Following the sorry display against Chavski Chris (for part of the pod), Ben & Steve are joined by Alex (@the_beck_) and, unfortunately, more therapy is required…..


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SG Podcast 20 – 3 out of 3

We beat the spuds, again!! In the 20th SG Podcast Ben, Chris & Steve are joined by Gareth Stringer from 89th Minute and GoonerGirls Podcast.


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NLD: It’s the waiting wot kills ya

It is indeed, the waiting wot kills you, you know. Here we are, Saturday, Premier League football this weekend, yet we have to wait until 4pm tomorrow before we get our fix of The Arsenal. I don’t like it I tell’s ya, I don’t like it.

It’s worse when it’s the North London Derby away from home. It doesn’t matter where the two teams are in the league, I always look at this fixture with apprehension and tomorrow’s game is no exception, in fact it’s probably heightened because of the precarious position we are in because of the league and the way the fixtures are falling over the coming weeks. I can’t help it, i’m what would colloquially be known as a ‘worry wart’. I’m not really sure why a wart should have feelings in the first place, let alone adopting a more negative emotion, but it is what it is and our fixture this weekend falls where it falls. I just need to deal with it.

I am worried because I don’t want our eyes to be taken off the Premier League prize. Or at least the Champions League prize. It’s something that Arsene has always secured and up until the Stoke game away, I haven’t really looked at the possibility of us not getting in to the Champions League. But with a really tough game this weekend, and the next weekend, and the next weekend and the next weekend, we could conceivably find ourselves outside the top four spots if the worst case scenario plays out. Boy, I hope the worst case scenario doesn’t pan out, that would be tragic. It would also mean that Europa League football would turn our season into an endless array of horrible Sunday games. I shudder at the prospect and I should probably move my thinking away from that particular path – negativity breeds negativity and we wouldn’t want all Arsenal fans to hit one of those ‘spirals’, would we?

It’s the perpetual curse of the football fan actually – looking ahead with trepidation I mean. I remember the season we went unbeaten. We had an amazing team, they played great football, yet it wasn’t until the league title was confirmed that I didn’t stop worrying. Constantly looking ahead at the next three or four games and trying to concoct a route to success rather than living in the now and appreciating what I/we had in that team. Even after the title was won, I worried about being defeated in the season and so on the last game against Leicester, whilst I was at Uni, I sat by my radio in my student digs and waited tentatively for the final whistle to be blown so that I could be happy, or more accurately, relieved.

It’s why days out like the semi final (and hopefully the cup final) are so important and should be treated as great occasions to enjoy – even if the result goes against you. I’m not suggesting that in 2011 we should have be bouncing down Wembley Way after the game, but certainly before the game I wish I hadn’t have been so nervous. I keep trying to tell myself that the game against Wigan won’t be the same, but it’s simply not the way I’m built to function; I am a worrier and come 12th April I’ll be supping pints with colleagues pre-game, getting concerned about what will transpire in the upcoming hours.

Which brings me back to this weekend. I’m sat here in my PJs in my lounge at 8.30am blogging away with a knot in my stomach thinking about tomorrow’s game. It doesn’t matter that the Spuds appear to be imploding at the perfect time for us, it doesn’t matter that we’ve just come off the back of a good Everton victory and a morale maintaining Munich draw, I’m concerned that there will be a backlash from a Tiny Totts team that hasn’t tasted defeat at White Hart Lane against us for seven years. Seven years! That’s quite a record when you think that Arsenal have been a consistent performer at the top of the league for most of my lifetime, yet even if I go back further I see that we have tasted victory just five times in 25 matches since the beginning of the Prremier league. And that’s in all competitions. That’s a 20% win ratio people. It shows that it’s not a happy hunting ground for us usually and I can’t see the game being easy on Sunday.

Arsene was asked about the fact we hadn’t won for a while at theirs and replied as expected, focusing on being a bit more positive and talking about the positive memories we have of victories there, but it must be playing on his mind. AS we’re slap bang in the middle of this ‘Death Run’, it’s obvious that victories are essential to keep our fading title hope alive and with a game against Chelski coming up after this weekend and a full weeks rest for the team, imagine the powerful effect a morale-boosting victory would have? Conversely, what does a confidence-sapping defeat to your nearest (geographical) rivals will do. A draw might maintain the status quo between the two teams as far as points differential, but in reality it does little for anyone’s hopes of achieving their goals. Fine margins people. And the margins are so fine at the moment that victory or defeat will be heightened to ‘nth’ proportions tomorrow. THAT’s why i’m even more worried. And guess what? Writing today’s blog hasn’t helped!!

So if you’re on Twitter, message me with nice things and make me feel better today. Tell me it’s going to be ok. Because it is, right? Right?

SG Podcast 19 – Man on the Moon

What a weekend! In the 19th SG Podcast Chris, Ben & Steve are joined by Dean (@DeanLDN22) to discuss the awesome run in the FA Cup, City’s defeat to Wigan and the upcoming games against Munich and then the spuds…


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SG Podcast 17 – My wife misses Ramsey

This week Ben & Steve (no Chris again as he is down an alley somewhere) are joined by Alex (@The_Beck_) to discuss Munich, Sunderland, injuries and the Orcs from Stoke!


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SG Podcast 16 – I resign

Podcast 16!! This week Ben, Chris & Steve are joined by Kris (@AFCfreddie8) to talk about the FA Cup triumph over Liverhoof, Jose Bourinho & Bayern Munchen…


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SG Podcast 1-5: (or was that 5-1)

Podcast 15 (or was that 5-1)! This Week Steve & Ben (Chris is missing as her was, erm, watching…..Strictly…) are joined by Billy (Educated Gooner) & Luke (Block32AFC) to discuss the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool and the up and coming fixture against Manchester Utd.


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SG Podcast 14 – Picking Diaby’s nose

Number 14! Steve, Ben & Chris discuss the transfer window, Diaby’s nose, Crystal Palace and the Liverpool game


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SG Podcast 13 – Bromance

This week Ben, Steve & Chris are joined by Michael (@Block_5_Gooner) to talk about the FA Cup draw, ticket prices, Coventry and why Chris can’t sit with his legs crossed anymore…..


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