TGIF: Handshake gate rumbles on…yawn!

Welcome to TGIF, the brainchild of PGL a past highly respected contributor, where FTK reviews the week in the Goonersphere. This feature is unapologetic for being non politically correct, and totally off the wall. Any similarities to intelligent human life is purely accidental, so without further ado lets dive in…


Well, take your pick Insiders, the third straight defeat and the sky falling in. I mean considering the kids had 60% of the possession, we had six yellow cards for our “dirty” play. But how did Christopher Foy not give a penalty as Lescott arm was extended to push over Carlos Vela in the box??? Or perhaps as I shall discuss later it was the failure of Arsene Wenger to turn the other cheek and shake the hand of the one who obscenely abused him throughout the match.
However If navel gazing is not to your fancy how about that idiot Sepp Blatter who has launched an enquiry into Thierry’s Le hand of God. FIFA are an absolute joke. This buffoon called Blatter makes a mockery of the FAI’s confidential request for Ireland to be given a wild card entry into the World Cup whilst at the same time acknowledging what Thierry did was wrong. So in essence, a team has no recourse to justice if it’s own Football Association is not prepared themselves to forego the millions of Euros that will pour into their coffers through participation in the World Cup.
Coming back to handshake gate, an Insider pointed out yesterday that as well as being a hypocrite Mark Hughes glorified the bad behaviour of one Ade-ego-Bayor by not criticising the player and suggesting that his act of incitement that nearly caused a riot of normally placid Gooner away supporters was merely justified retaliation. The Hughes philosophy is this, I can demand respect from the Fabregas the captain of Arsenal whose crime was to question my bully boy tactics at Blackburn despite having Mark Hughes having been at Barcelona where beautiful football is the order of the day. However He is allowed to provoke, and be utterly disgusting and disrespectful to a fellow manager.
I would even go as far as to wonder if there were xenophobic undertones to Mark Hughes behaviour which prompted Arsene Wenger to make his stand. Consider this I used to play football and suffer significant racial abuse, I never ever shook the hand of my abuser after the game. Was I also being childish and immature?

Insider insider

The current form of the team has yet again divided the loyal readers of this site. The “I told you Wenger was rubbish” brigade have had a right moan, and some even went so far as to suggest that Wenger’s youth policy was now being extended to babies in their mother’s womb. A little extreme but funny nonetheless. We as Gooners need to laugh at our current predicament or we will get very depressed. So here’s a joke. Imagine the scene.
“A pregnant lady was in the crowd at Eastlands Manchester and got overcome with the joy of seeing her beloved sky blues beating the Arsenal yet again. She went into sudden labour and passed out. She woke up in the Manchester Infirmary hospital where she noticed that she was not pregnant anymore and asked the nurse what happened to her baby.
The nurse said, “You have two healthy babies, a boy and a girl!” The lady said, “Oh, I must name them,”  but the nurse said, “You were unconscious, so we called your brother, and he named them!”
The lady said, “What?!!! But he’s as dumb as our manager Mark Hughes! So what are their names then?”
The nurse said, “The girl is called “Denise.”
The woman replied, “Aaah…Well that is a pretty name, so what did my brother call my boy?”
The nurse replied, “Denephew!”
Ok the other issue on the site was the choice of a replacement striker in January. Opinion is divided and it seems the choices are between Agbonlahor of Aston Villa, Gignac of Tolouse, Edin Dzeko and Chamakh. Happy hunting Arsene!

My Revenge On Ben Foster

AW Quote

“We have not won a trophy since 2005 but I don’t consider that if you win the Carling Cup we parade around and say we have won the trophy. For me it is a competition where we develop our young players. I don’t believe that next season if we had won the Carling Cup I would say ‘we won a trophy last year’. To play in the Quarter-Final or Semi-Final or Final of the Champions League is 10 times more difficult to win the Carling Cup.”
Well I couldn’t have put it better Arsene. Having written a blog suggesting that the former Worthless Cup now named after another beverage that lacks decent alcohol content and apparently causes us all to give up fantastic opportunities in life in favour of sharing this drink with our mates. Well I would not give up the chance of winning the Champions League in favour of the Carling Cup, so I suppose I will lose all my mates now…(If you don’t get this watch the Carling advert on TV)
So Arsene has lost three games in a row, and the curse of November is alive and well. We will bounce back against Stoke City and despite Theo Walcott’s injury, we will get back on our scoring ways. You write off this Arsenal team at your peril.


For the kids in the Carling Cup, who forced Mark Hughes to put out his strongest possible side and despite being over run at Eastlands, They outplayed this mercenary oufit by playing their possession game and fighting until the end. They never gave up, and this is the spirit that Gooners want to see. Yes they were out gunned by amazing strikes on goal and they tired towards the end but they earned the respect of all that evening. Well done, I salute you boys!

Friday Finger

Well do I have to really explain why? No, good!
So stick a golf club where the sun don’t shine Sparky and I hope you get horrible huge piles!!!
All the other Premiership managers who openly criticised Arsene Wenger for not shaking hands with his abuser. After all they said, “you don’t have to mean it” Now who really sets the better example to young kids to follow, those who believe in sincerity and respect or those who feel that you make a gesture and not mean it as long as the gesture is made. No wonder cheating is alive and well in the game with those hypocritical values about sportsmanship.


To all those Gooners who have never given up on their manager and realise that when under siege, a family needs to support itself from within. Now is the time to support the Arsenal more loudly than before, when others have written us off.

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