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02 Jul 2018 13:26:53
Dreams do come true

18-year-old Robbie Burton confirmed he has signed a professional deal with Arsenal, the club he has been at since he was just six.

Well done and good luck.




01 Jul 2018 11:16:03
Ed, a lot of talk about our defensive signings. I think we still need a good winger who can turn defence into attack very quickly and make us faster going forward.

Are we looking at any particular players, I saw us linked to Lucas Vazquez from RM but that seems far fetched.



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal making any approach for Lucas Vazquez who Real Madrid will be willing to let go but they may want to try and use him as a trading chip in any transaction including players as part of the deal - an idea they are keen on this summer. There is also interest from elsewhere. In terms of other players I think the list remains pretty much as was:
Gelson Martins (RW) - Gelson Martins (RW) - interest is growing but there is also interest from elsewhere
Riyad Mahrez (RW) - Manchester City are now looking at another player so there is the potential for something to happen if the new management want
Malcom (RW) - I am doubtful he would move to Arsenal unless other clubs step away
Christian Pavon (RW/F) - Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target but there is interest from elsewhere
Goncalo Guedes (RW) offered to Arsenal but they know that PSG have turned down a €40M loan to permanent offer from elsewhere and are offering him to other clubs at a higher fee - about double - player wants Spain
Andrija Zivkovic (RW) - priced out of a move
Ademola Lookman (LW) - has been watched at RBL but Arsenal won't offer guarantees - nor perhaps Everton - and the need for a LW as a starter has drifted
Emil Forsberg (LW) - hot and cold performances this season and a Wenger target - probably not
Steven Bergwijn (LW) - a wildcard - don't lose sight of him but no more than cover in the EPL at this time}

1.) 01 Jul 2018 11:54:07
Thanks Ed, appreciate the info. Good to see we are looking at options up front also.

Have a great Sunday.

{Ed002's Note - I would only expect one.}

2.) 01 Jul 2018 12:52:58
Thanks Ed. Some names there I wouldn’t mind seeing included in our squad. Hopefully Martins, Vasquez, Mahrez or Pavon are seriously under consideration 🤞🏻 Although, based on the rejections last time out I don’t see Arsenal pursuing Mahrez.

3.) 01 Jul 2018 16:21:20
Thanks Ed, is this the list u wanted to give us?

{Ed002's Note - This is what it is.}

4.) 01 Jul 2018 16:45:33
Brilliant info as always Ed002. Interesting to see no mention of ousman dembele, guess it was all paper talk then? Also the names are all of sporadic/ rotational players. The marquee type signing won't be made this window maybe! What do you guys think?

5.) 02 Jul 2018 02:24:19
I would say if we signed guedes, malcom or mahrez they would be pretty marque, the fee certainly would be- probably breaking our record. And in our current position with no champions league pretty good.

6.) 02 Jul 2018 04:17:22
Who would you all prefer out of this list? My first choice would be Pavon but I don't think there's a team in the league that would turn Mahrez down. Only thing would be the price - whatever Leicester are asking is probably too much.

7.) 02 Jul 2018 05:49:05
Ed002. You have said the need for LW startee has drifted. If I may ask, what made you think so? Lucas Perez? Or th thoughts on formation? I don’t believe we have an outright winger to play in the left or right. Your thoughts are highly valued and appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)

{Ed002's Note - The need for a RW is seen as more of a priority than on the left given that if a 4-3-3 is played Aubamayangadingdong can play on the left, Iwobi is versatile enough to play on the left, any RW added will be versatile enough to play on the left. In the view of someone still with the club, albeit in Russia right now and slightly concerned about his future, most of this will be down to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being played on the right rather than centrally.}

8.) 02 Jul 2018 12:12:06
Thanks again, Ed002. :)

9.) 02 Jul 2018 16:13:23
any truth to Lozano rumours Ed?

would be a perfect addition, right age, solid workrate.

{Ed002's Note - Hirving Lozano was certainly of interest to Wenger at Arsenal and Allardyce at Everton - but it is not clear if that Arsenal interest remains from last year.}



30 Jun 2018 08:55:24
Ed, surprised we are releasing Vlad Dragomir. I thought everyone had high hopes for him and he's still very young. Is there more to the story? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any story but a lot of youngsters want game time commitments and clubs are reluctant to do that. Certainly Michael Emenalo has a declared interest in him.}

1.) 30 Jun 2018 11:06:59
Apart from Harry Kane it's difficult to think of a young player Arsenal released who went on to have a glittering career.
So many young players get tipped by fans to be the next big thing but unfortunately most just seem to fade away into lower league football at very best.
Being good enough to make a living out of football at any level is a very tough thing to do but when it comes to the premier league the standard and competion for places is huge so unless you make the most of every chance you get like Rashford and Sterling did you soon get left behind.
With so many players from all over the world both young and established desperate for a chance in the premier league the clubs can't afford to let the grass grow under their feet and miss out so young players need to deliver more quickly than ever to last at top clubs for long.

2.) 30 Jun 2018 13:30:03
Pretty sure we want to keep him but he wanted first team action and was probably going out on loan if he stayed. He may still stay as his contract is still being renegotiated.

Ironic that emenalo wants him as it's not like he's getting anywhere near the CFC first team either.

3.) 01 Jul 2018 07:33:53
Emenalo now work with Monaco, not CFC anymore.

4.) 01 Jul 2018 13:31:34
Emanalo's at monaco mate. I imagine he'd get game time there.

5.) 02 Jul 2018 04:17:39
Yep my mistake, thanks chaps.



25 May 2018 21:21:35
Happy days - we now have a grand total of 70m in the warchest + Sales = 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

Oh wait a minute, that was a fortune 20 years ago! Just as well we don't need a full defence rebuild. 😴.


1.) 25 May 2018 22:25:07
So far this summer Arsenal board 10/ 10 the hit hungry journalist minus several million.
the club quietly goes about its business and delivers while the unreliable usual suspects not stop inventing stories to tell those ready to listen even though they so seldom have a grain of truth, yet people still chose to judge the club by what the journalists tell them rather than just wait and see what the club and the new backroom boys deliver by the time the season gers here .
This time last week Artetta was our new manager, now we have financial restricted budget to match West ham and Newcastle :-) people are funny what they chose to listen to and take notice of :-)

2.) 26 May 2018 00:07:08
I can’t think of a summer window when the media have predicted correctly regarding us and budgets etc.

3.) 26 May 2018 00:39:36
Gunner62, yes it’s true not to listen too closely to facts the media prints but to defend how arsenal do business is a joke. The board put no money up front so in that sense, we are like Newcastle. The only reason we buy big players Newcastle and co don’t is because we finish higher and are in tournaments they’re not in so therefor have more external money. So like see how city, United, Chelsea owners put money forward, Kronke doesn’t do that. Our books are always balanced. If only he sold his shares to Usmanoz who actually wants Arsenal, his team to compete.

4.) 26 May 2018 08:01:54
Actually, the media has been pretty accurate over the past few years when it reported the level of activity. Arsene was open and honest about his transfer policy. often telling people, through the media, about transfer activity levels (normally low)

The press remained accurate this time: Arteta was the favourite to be appointed and the Board intended to offer him the job. But Arteta got cold feet and edged away from the deal, so the Board appointed Emery. In the same way, the press got it right about Allegri turning the job down, as did Nagelsmann. Or rather, they made it clear that any job offer would be turned down. Thus allowing Arsenal to claim no one turned down a formal offer.

As for transfer funds, £50 million sounds about right. Arsenal now close to signing Lichtsteiner on a free, so the media had that right all along. Emery is going to have to wheel and deal.

5.) 26 May 2018 09:05:18
Our net spend over the last 10 years has been £151.5 million, that's less than Utd or city spend in a season, I know we can't compete with either of them, but there should be more money in the bank, unless somethings very unbalanced and poorly handled with the wages, we should make quite a profit each year to have a reserve of more than 50 million available now.

6.) 26 May 2018 10:15:25
This summer we will get the answer to the was it Arsene or the club who wouldn't spend?
The club kept repeatedly saying money was available each year while Arsene kept telling us there were no players who could improve us available.
It's a new start with a new manager and a new backroom set up and in my opinion this fresh start should include the board too.
None of us know who stopped us spending in the past Arsene or the board but what we do know is it was Arsene who retained Caz Mertesacker Artetta Rosicky and gave them new contracts despite them no longer being able to represent the club on anything like a regular basis plus it was Arsene who insisted on playing Xhaka in every game despite his obvious struggles and Iwobi too.
This summer will tell us a lot so rather than chose to accept the stories the hit seekers pedal why not give the club the benefit of the doubt just until the end of August.
Let's at least give the club one summer without Arsenes before we completely dismiss them as the bad guys they've been painted.

7.) 26 May 2018 13:49:48
G62, the cinic that I am if I was the board I would be wanting to go nuts this season even if it was them restricting wenger, its the perfect opportunity to totally change there appearance! They let emery spend big they can say well we would of done the same for wenger but he never wanted to and no one will know for sure.

8.) 26 May 2018 13:54:07

9.) 26 May 2018 16:30:39
Eden mate the Arsene defenders will certainly claim any good that cones as being a direct result of Arsenes foundations while at the same time us anything and everything that goes wrong to declare Arsene would have done better.
If we win next seasons title it will be because of Arsene and if we finish 5th we would have finished 4th or higher under Arsene according to the Arsene fc fans, there is no escaping that mate.

10.) 26 May 2018 17:16:10
We will finish 4th at best because that’s the limit of our ambition.

If you want to win big - you must invest big. Or get lucky.

11.) 26 May 2018 18:13:57
Strange prediction that SY as last season before a ball was kicked with these very same players apart from Sanchez being here and PEA not being here people were predicting 2nd or 3rd place at worst for us.
Why so pessimistic when Emery has the whole summer ahead of him and lots of new ideas plus the support of the Sven men who I'm pretty sure the club brought in at great expense to do a job that involved bringing in new players?
I'm pretty sure the club didn't bring in the Sven men in simply to replace Mertesacker Caz Rosicky and Artetta as purely high wage additions with no obvious role to play.

12.) 26 May 2018 18:52:39
We finished 12 points behind 4th place - that’s a lot. 15 behind 3rd before Utd and Chelsea strengthen Pool look like they will only get stronger and the club has NO ambition to invest enough to push their not top 2 or 3. So next season - 4th will be the target. They were asked this question last week and refused to come out with a target. they’ve been happy with 4th for the last 15 years so why change? They only changed as we dropped out of top 4 and fans revolted. Where have the board shown they want to challenge?

13.) 26 May 2018 20:50:15
Yes we finished 12 behind but I'd argue that's not that much as 4 out of 33 points away from home killed us - the same team as at home COYG.

14.) 26 May 2018 22:58:23
That was then and this is now.
If we were willing to accept defeat and decline then we would have stuck with Arsene out of respect for years gone past, but we wasn't willing to accept defeat and decline so we chose change.
In the words of both Bob the builder and Barack Obama YES WE CAN.

15.) 27 May 2018 09:17:23
The board needs to want it . Not me

You need the tools to do the job.



15 May 2018 23:37:17
Robert Pires: "I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not? I think all of them could manage Arsenal. "

Robbie went on to agree with Ed about the spoilt fans and being unfair to Wenger.

So that leaves Ancelotti and Arteta - I just realised our strategy - managers first or last name must start with an A in memory of th3 might Arsene and even better if your name starts with a M for Merci.

Clues were there all along and we missed them.

Although I am told a dark horse may enter the race.


1.) 16 May 2018 09:50:40
Some small newspapers from Spain are speculating with an apparent interest in Unai Emery, is that who you are calling the Dark Horse? Apparently he has halted talks with Real Sociedad because of a contact from Arsenal.




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14 Jul 2018 09:17:36
Lots of positives coming out of our club - PR guys are doing a great job but they can only post it if it's happening.

New signings for key players
Honesty about the squad
Harder training sessions
Steve Bould actually speaking and doing stuff with players
Stuff the manager is saying:

"I want to work with him in a new way and with an ambition to xx help use his quality to get better with the team. Xx

"Xx Mesut is a very important player for me xx and we want to help him to be fine with us.

"But last season was a difficult time for everyone, not only for Mesut.

xx"The team finished sixth in the Premier League and that is not the position we want. xx

"So now we will have a new way for all the players because xx I want a team with confidence, personality, intensity and aggression, to be the protagonists in every match. "xx

Everything I want to happen with the team somewhat summarised in one quote. Sorry about the inserted "xx"S.

The rest I want is structure and discipline and leadership.

That's come through in training, the signings and that he wants 5 captains.

I am happy what I see, read and hear. If he needs time - he has mine and my support. Very excited about the changes and can't wait to see how they play COYG!


1.) 14 Jul 2018 10:04:24
Arsenal post Arsene does seen a lot more energetic and enthusiastic for everyone right now.
You can't just demand people feel positive you have to give them reason to feel that way and Dick Sven and the club have done that this summer.
Roll on next season and let's get back to enjoying watching the Arsenal again.

2.) 14 Jul 2018 12:11:31
I thought you were demanding we felt positive about England last week 62. 😉😁.

3.) 14 Jul 2018 12:41:32
No mate just encouraging and promoting we should get behind our team when they were giving their all for our country.
They weren't rite good and they might not have looked rite great but for one tournament at least they gave it their best shot at going for the full monty :-)
I'm a big fan of anyone who gives all they've got to give be it in an England or Arsenal shirt mate.
I've seen enough prima Donna's in both to last me a lifetime.

4.) 14 Jul 2018 12:45:03
There does seem to be a strategy now and an organisation that was lacking in the final wenger years. We seem to be trying to address problems instead of fudging them. We can at least go into next season with renewed excitement. Just another holding mid, a wide attacker and the season will be ready for lift off. i'm looking forward to the new arsenal.

5.) 14 Jul 2018 12:58:03
An effective wide attacker with real pace is something we have missed for a while, but we already look a lot more balanced than we did last season.

6.) 14 Jul 2018 13:03:32
I think Dick and Sven have done enough give people real reason to be interested and excited about next season, there are still holes to be picked over but a lot lot less than for the last 7 or 8 seasons.
Will we be champions? I very much doubt it, will we make top 4? It will be tough but I think we will compete in every game so nothing is impossible when you have 11 players doing that week in week out.

7.) 14 Jul 2018 13:50:30
If we could add an Overmars - I would be very happy 💤💤💤.

8.) 14 Jul 2018 13:57:33
Guys re read sys post in a broken Spanish accent and replace all the XX in the post with kiss kiss.

Remember the accent it’s really funny.



14 Jul 2018 09:05:20
Poor Danny -

"Unai Emery punishes Arsenal striker Pierrre-Emerick Aubameyang for missing chances in training"

Bet he's nervous about returning to training if he looks om 😂😂.


1.) 14 Jul 2018 10:12:02
Be good for him mate the introduction of accountability will be good for all our players, the absence of molly codling excuses made for them when the fail to produce the required standard and simply telling like it really is can't possibly do Danny or anyone else any harm.
No more blaming refs or the fans for the players and manager failings but simple and honest evaluation of what really happend will be a very welcome change that can only be good for everyone long term.



13 Jul 2018 15:34:30
Does playing for 3rd Vs4th in the World Cup count towards Golden Boot goals? That crazy - it's an extra game that doesn't count. Guess Kane will claim they do either way.


1.) 13 Jul 2018 16:11:35
To be fair I don't think penalties should count either, I've always thought that was unfair and gave some strikers/ midfielders an advantage over others.

2.) 13 Jul 2018 17:12:06
To be fair G62 I completely disagree. Penalty’s should always count (not shootout) what if a player was clean through on goal and got chopped then takes the penalty and scores like he most likely would have done. Some teams have defenders as penalty takers. They have to count and always will in my opinion.

3.) 13 Jul 2018 18:24:46
Agree penalties are part of the game and is what it says, it is academic who tales them.

4.) 13 Jul 2018 19:45:55
Ha ha, takes them.

5.) 13 Jul 2018 23:33:35
3rd verses 4th is a weird game, I can't imagine anyone wants to play in it, it must be hard for anyone to motivate themselves for that one, I'd be hoping to slink away quietly! I can understand it in the Olympics where there's a medal at stake, but it seems a bit pointless to bother with in the world cup. Is there a 3rd place trophy? Or a 4th place trophy for that matter! 😂.

6.) 14 Jul 2018 02:22:58
We invented the fourth placed trophy, very prestigious trophy everyone should be proud of.

{Ed0333's Note - nice one Steve lol. Made me chuckle that one.



11 Jul 2018 06:28:29
Think you're right 62 - it's coming home, it's coming home.

I am a 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 but wearing the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 flag on my sleeve - went to bed singing "it's coming home and woke up singing it! "

Fingers crossed - only 3 teams left in the World Cup and England is one of them. Amazing! How the hell they slept - who knows.

The country is behind you and a country that needs unity - bring it home Southgate, bring it home Sir Harry, whatever club you play for - bring it home to England!

Good luck and I'm buzzing and hopeful.


1.) 11 Jul 2018 08:13:42
It is mate it really is coming home :-)
It's difficult for us because of past disappointments but this group of players this manager left for Russia pretty much on a wave of disinterest from the vast majority of people but they have dragged the likes of me and millions like me back into the grip of excitement and wonderful optimism.
I've been playing 3 lions since Saturday morning and since Saturday team time I can't stop telling people friends and strangers " it's coming home " :-) It's amazing how many people respond with " I know ".
Alan Shearer said last night " these player are coming home hero's no matter what but get to the final and beat France Sunday and they will come home legend's "
I think he was spot on too.
I'm absolutely Buzzing SY mate and it feels really great to be so excited by football again ;-)

It's coming home, it's coming home, footballs coming home.
3 lions my friend, 3 lions.

2.) 11 Jul 2018 09:27:42
Looking forward to tonight as we have a good chance of reaching the final, as the draw has been extremely kind to us throughout the competition.
Beating France in the final wouldn't be impossible. What amazes me is that this one of the weakest England teams I have witnessed and yet could end up World Cup winners!

3.) 11 Jul 2018 12:23:52
Are they are weak team or just without big name individuals RG mate?
Beckham Gerrard Lampard and co all had big reputations but we're they a team?
You don't always need the best players to be the best team, a good team will always beat a group of great individuals.
I think it's the lack of egos that has made such a huge difference this time.
In my opinion Rooney did for us what Neymar does to Brazil, Rooney should never have been taken to euro 2012 when he was banned for the first two games but his image demanded he went.

4.) 11 Jul 2018 13:30:32
Sy4 i am 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿And hope England get stuffed lol.

5.) 11 Jul 2018 15:32:03
G62 - The draw has been very kind to us and we still have lost to Belgium and drawn over 90 mins with Columbia.
To his credit Southgate has a happy squad playing as a team, but there arguably isn't a world class player in the team.
Not that I will be complaining if they lift the trophy!

6.) 11 Jul 2018 16:56:33
To be fair RG they are not the only team to ever benefit from a the luck of the draw mate, the names Lincoln and Sutton come straight to mind.
Kane is the only player even close to world class although I know it would be impossible for you to admit that but as said you don't necessarily need world class players to be world champions just a very good team with a very good team spirit who will give their all for their country can sometimes be enough.
It's coming home mate don't worry about that
3 lions RG 3 lions mate.



10 Jul 2018 20:19:01
What a signing Mbappe would have been - even if he had used us as a 3 year stepping stone.


1.) 10 Jul 2018 20:36:25
It was never a passivity mate, it suited Arsene and Arsenal to be linked with him but he was always going to PSG Barcelona or Real.
Unfortunately he was a Benzema type blue Mackrell Arsenal link.

2.) 10 Jul 2018 22:46:17
What a player - love his movement, speed and vision. A joy to wAtch. A bit like watching Federer play tennis - a joy watching a craftsman and a great pro. Don’t think you can beat watching people that are great at whatever sport they do. Swimming ( Phelps) 100 meters ( Bolt) tennis ( Federer) . all great and even better under pressure.

3.) 10 Jul 2018 23:32:41
IF only eh. If R Madrid are smart it is Mbappe they should sign to replace Ronaldo not Neymar.

4.) 11 Jul 2018 00:00:10
I'm not sure he is interested in Real I get the feeling the lad want to be successful with a French side rather than take the easy and most lucrative route.
I'm not sure if it will last as he's only 19 but there seems something special about his character as well as his brilliance with a football.
Football could do with a humble world's number one and an example to the players of tomorrow.




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17 Jul 2018 08:22:37
So a disciplined Rambo is the square peg in a square hole - makes sense.


{Ed001's Note - I would say so. He has shown he can be disciplined when played out on the right for the team, so he has got the sense to follow specific instructions. Even if those instructions are to his detriment but for the team's benefit.}



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16 Jul 2018 23:12:22
Ed, would you play Rambo or Ozil? Do you think it’s either or?


{Ed001's Note - not really, they should fit together well. Ramsey likes to make late runs into the box to score, Ozil likes to pick out those runs with passes. The pair should combine well with Torreira behind to protect them. That would be my 3 in midfield as a first choice combination. Then I would work with them constantly until they figured out how to make it work.}



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01 Jul 2018 11:54:07
Thanks Ed, appreciate the info. Good to see we are looking at options up front also.

Have a great Sunday.


{Ed002's Note - I would only expect one.}



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25 Jun 2018 22:37:13
👍 great news - thanks Ed.




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07 Jun 2018 17:38:13
Ed, those are two huge questions! That would resolve my Rambo Vs Ozil debate as well how Lacca and PEA fit into his structure

Interesting and even more so that you throw those two big names who have only recently signed contracts.





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14 Jul 2018 13:50:30
If we could add an Overmars - I would be very happy 💤💤💤.




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12 Jul 2018 06:29:33
Keane was negative to be fair and talking like a professional which we don’t really need to hear - “ one game at a time”. we like a bit of passion and she’s a passion-sponge

Wrighty was just a prat. I agree with his Irish mockery being wrong anfpd immature but not sure it’s being racist. However, if it had been a taunt against race in a similar way - HUGE uproar. It’s a shame we live in an unequal world but as a well off white guy, I am not in a position to moan about equality etc

Shame really as they are both two club greats and both did nothing at a country level. Leave the toys at home boys.


{Ed0333's Note - I prefer my pundits to educate and entertain me in equal measure. Keane does that for sure. Wright is a buffoon and steals a living as a pundit. What really winds me up about Wright is his bastardization of the English language and he speaks as if he’s down the boozer with his mates. That’s unacceptable for me but millions of people and television execs love him so there you go. If I was ITV I’d poach Garth Crooks now that’s what you call an articulate and entertaining football pundit, pure friggin box office.



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11 Jul 2018 23:28:51
Sterling is from Jamaica while in prior years

Other England players born outside the UK include Sky Sports pundit John Salako (Nigeria) , Owen Hargreaves (Canada) , John Barnes (Jamaica) , Cyrille Regis (French Guiana) , Brian Stein (South Africa) , Tony Dorigo (Australia) , Luther Blissett (Jamaica) and Terry Butcher (Singapore) .

You can elect to be English and I am sure nations fight over players.




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11 Jul 2018 23:09:29
Kane could have and should have scored

Agree with Walker statement

Not sure nationalities don’t change - Arteta could have played for England when he was with us and was Guggs Welsh and Greg the Canadian sorry British tennis player.

I get your point but some pick and choose their nationalities. Birth place should be the rule

I thought Senegal was in France - Vierra.




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11 Jul 2018 22:15:04
They will never get such an easy journey to a final - they played no one and didn’t take advantage of it. May be too many Spuds in the side 😂😂 . Need that winnng mentality like us 😂😂.