About Bendtnersbettercousin

Gooner born in 1982 from Harlow, Essex, with a love for Arsenal that knows. I'm not an AKb, nor am I an 'In Arsene we Rust', but I like to think that I can tip-toe between the two, occasionally veering into both camps.
8 02, 2016

Grinding a win was the primary objective for Arsenal

By |February 8th, 2016|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Gunners, History, Match Review, premier league|1 Comment

The aim of yesterday was to get a win, by hook or by crook, so with that firmly front and centre within my own thoughts this morning you have to say that the team achieved its primary objective.

Secondary objectives of playing well, scoring loads of goals and ‘wowing’ everyone watching, were simple ‘nice to have’s. […]

7 02, 2016

Start quick, don’t let the first half pass you by, Arsenal

By |February 7th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, press conference, Tactics|0 Comments

In this – quite frankly mad – season, it seems strange that with us eight points from the top of the league, there still remains hope. But Leicester’s win at the Etihad has done exactly that, strangely, because if it was City, Chelski or United that had just established such an assailable lead, we would […]

6 02, 2016

Small battle won, war on football affordability goes on, but we can get back to talking football for now

By |February 6th, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Attack, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference|0 Comments

There’s no place better to start today than with the u-turn by Arsenal yesterday evening on the surcharge for ticket prices, announcing that they would not, on this occasion, enforce the charge for the Barcelona game. Funnily enough, I was actually halfway through a podcast talking about the issues of the surcharge and how it felt […]

5 02, 2016

I am a commodity, I am a currency, I am an Arsenal fan

By |February 5th, 2016|analogy, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, finances, gooners, Gunners, Rant|9 Comments

Today is Arsène’s press conference and whilst I’d love to be able to be talking about football, I like many season ticket holders, have had the misfortune to receive an email from the club yesterday afternoon about the additional cash they will require me to fork out at the end of the season for the […]

3 02, 2016

Arsenal: Familiar failings for a fading title bid

By |February 3rd, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, Attack, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, midfield, premier league, Rant|3 Comments

By now you’ve read plenty of match reports, probably seen the game either in the flesh or on TV, you’ve checked your social feeds a few times and you know all about what transpired last night. So there’s no point in me giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened at home to Southampton. Well, […]

2 02, 2016

Debuchy deal good for all; Arsenal need to get back on the winning wagon

By |February 2nd, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsenal Transfers, Arsene Wenger, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

So after all the hype, all the over-the-top Sky Sports blustering, all of the pomp and everything being turned yellow, the transfer deadline day (no, I’m not capitalising it) turned out to be what it is every season: an exercise in how to get overexcited. 

I’ve got to tell you, I was glad we weren’t involved, […]

31 01, 2016

Some positive Arsenal performances against Burnley

By |January 31st, 2016|Arsenal, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, Match Review|1 Comment

After a couple of draws and a disappointing Sunday afternoon against Chelski, it was good to see Arsenal get back on the victory trail by overcoming a stubborn Burnley side yesterday afternoon, as well as get a decent look at some new and returning faces.

As expected, Arsene made some changes to the squad and with […]

30 01, 2016

A quintessentially English afternoon of football: The FA Cup and Arsenal

By |January 30th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, press conference, Tactics|0 Comments

There’s something comforting about a good, old-fashioned, 3pm FA Cup tie, isn’t there? It’s quintessentially English, I find, with bad weather normally thrown in to the mix too. We’ve certainly ticked all of today’s boxes, as well as a a game against a lower league opposition in Burnley, who will probably be a Premier League […]

29 01, 2016

The delicious news of Coquelin, Rosicky and yes, even Welbeck

By |January 29th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, Attack, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, injuries, midfield|3 Comments

Yesterday Arsène delivered his injury news update via the official site and, quite deliciously, it included confirmation that everyone bar Santi and Jack are back in training. So that’s Rosicky, Welbeck and ahead of schedule our midfield destroyed Francis Coquelin.

I can’t tell you how pleased I am. Well, I can, via this blog, but you […]

28 01, 2016

The fools errand: predicting Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures

By |January 28th, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, gooners, Gunners|0 Comments

I know it’s the FA Cup this weekend, I inow it’s an opportunity to bench our league campaign for a few days, but it is the league that keeps me awake at night. What’s been keeping me awake is our poor form, but also the form of others, who have all picked up varying degrees […]