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18 Feb 2020 22:22:01
Has anyone heard of this rumour that Guendozi had a row with the coaching staff and Arteta on the Dubai break? I notice he wasn't in the squad for Sunday's game, so that might back the rumour. To be honest, based on his recent performances, combined with Ceballos performance on Sunday, he is sadly not missed. He is another Arsenal youngster who is in danger of having his career go backwards. His performances certainly have.


1.) 19 Feb 2020 10:36:51
That appears to be the case Epping but I think you're being hard on him. He's only 20 and the occasional bust-up is nothing special. I think there was a culture of entitlement that Emery fostered among many of the players so I'm glad to see Arteta challenging that ethos.

2.) 19 Feb 2020 13:19:50
I think most youngsters do have a rough patch, it's normal, maybe a spell on the sidelines will help him, he can be quite rash and his positioning is questionable.

Dropping could mean he has a boot up his arse, tries more in training and his performance goes up when he does win his spot back, worst case? He gets pi*sed off and leaves, we would move on quite fast.



20 Aug 2018 13:30:53
Much debate on what Emery needs to do, who he should play etc, but perhaps are we missing the single biggest potential difference he needs to concentrate on, and that's getting Ozil back to his best? With our current attack, getting Ozil back to playing something like what he achieved during his first season, and we will be scoring for fun, whilst alleviating some of the other worries such as our CB pairing or even Xhaka playing?


1.) 20 Aug 2018 20:10:14
Ozil needs to buy in to the way ww play, i'm not going to hold my breath but IF he does, happy days all round.

{Ed002's Note - Willie Wonker?}

2.) 20 Aug 2018 21:00:57
The way "we" play. Thank you Ed, damn my sausage fingers.

{Ed002's Note - I prefer Willie Wonker Steve. And I still have a slight fear it will turn out that way.}

3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:26:40
The problem is that we have very few players that would be capable of getting into the squads of the top four teams:
None of our keepers
None of our defenders: I would have said Bellerin, but he has been poor for a long while.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, perhaps Ramsey although I'm not convinced
Attack: Aubameyang and perhaps Lacazette.
Not a single player of ours would get anywhere near a Premier League best eleven. This shows the magnitude of the job Emery has.

4.) 21 Aug 2018 18:59:19
RG, i think the truth is wenger left a squad of players where probably only 4 or 5 are actually top four potential everyday performers, the rest are either not good enough or just too inconsistent.

5.) 21 Aug 2018 21:59:42
I think it's a case of working out what can be salvaged from what Dick inherited and then adding to that over the next two windows to form an 11 to 15 man reliable squad for next season bolstered by the best of the rest Steve mate.
It won't happen over night:-)

6.) 22 Aug 2018 09:22:21
It shouldn't be a case of our individuals getting into a pl eleven. We need to work as a team first as that is the most important thing. That may mean some bigger names not playing week in week out. Look at Leicester, Wales and Iceland in the euros. Its a team attitude that wins titles.

7.) 22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!

8.) 22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.

9.) 25 Aug 2018 00:58:50
Late to the post on this. But I have a strong feeling Dick has a half idea who he wants to keep and who to let go. I think the ones the jury’s out on he wanted to give enough rope to hang themselves with so he can eventually bin them with no resistance.
Cech who has my sympathy, is having to re-adjust and it could prove difficult due to his age.
And the likes of Xhaka et all, were played last season even though they were dump but still have that flicker of hope that, it was the coaching, that there was room for improvement.
Hopefully Dick will be given the freedom and he has the fortitude to bin the ones he believes offer no long term benefit.
Then I think we will see the likes of Torreria and Leno.

10.) 29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.



10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!


1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!

3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}

5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}

6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!

8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.

9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.

10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.

11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.

12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?

13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}




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18 Jan 2020 21:19:54
A very frustrating result, rather than performance, today. Although SU probably should have scored in the first half we in effect gave them one chance in the second half and they scored. We should have killed the game way before that though. Ironically at times we looked void of ideas going forward plus Lacca is a very blunt pencil currently. Not sure If he is still carrying an injury but he never pushed to get into good positions. However, I remember when we went on a winning run under Emery but we all knew it was papering the cracks, whereas I think it's more the opposite currently, performances are much better but we're just not getting the results. Still I think if we keep playing like we are, results will come. Also good performances from most, Pepe showing signs of what he is, Torreira the engine we so desperately need in midfield and Luiz looked solid. Martinelli looks good, and makes good runs, which we just need the midfielders to spot. Even Mustafi and Xhaka looked OK today, with the former making a couple of key interceptions and some lovely through balls. If both can just cut that occasional silly pass out of their performance, we might actually see a few start to change their mind about them.


1.) 18 Jan 2020 21:44:21
Our lack of fullbacks is really killing us. Just have to look at Digne, the Liverpool duo, Cresswell etc to see what a decent fullback brings and our stopgaps are struggling.

Good post though, agree with every word. Laca really needs a break, hasn't looked like scoring in months. Gabi on the other hand scores every time he seems to touch the ball, deserves a shot up front next match.

2.) 18 Jan 2020 22:47:52
Performances are worth more than points for us between now and May, in the long term what good would 3 lucky points do us if we conceded 22 shots against and only created 7 as we were pretty Artetta?

The rest of this season is all about performance attitude mentality effort progress, next season points will be much more important hopefully but top 4 was already gone long before Arteta arrived.

I see the rest of this premier league season as an extended 2020/ 21 preseason of which will reap big rewards come next August.



14 Jan 2020 21:21:56
So congratulations to Kronke Sports, under who's stewardship we have managed to slip down to 11thn place in the Deloitte football money league, our lowest position since 2001. Who says we haven't gone backwards under their ownership! I think it should be time gentlemen please, And for gods sake please cash in and sell to an owner that will have passion and desire for their investment.


{Ed047's Note - it was an interesting read, us dropping out of the top 10 behind both Chelsea and Spurs.

That and United, the other failing big club, about to be overtaken by City.

Both clubs out of the Champions League and both making errors at board level.

Kroenke really does need to go, for all the bluff and bluster the have no real will to win.



06 Jan 2020 23:55:11
Good end result after being totally outclassed in the first half. A stronger team would have been 2 or 3 up at halftime, so we were lucky. If you want to watch a video on how to pass and move then watch Leeds first half display, very impressive. We played far too many straight balls down the middle, which Leeds proved even at a championship level is very easy to defend against.

You have to spread the ball wide when teams press, and you have to have players willing to move to receive the ball, neither of which we had in the first half. Hopefully two other lessons Mikel has learnt is 3 at the back is a no, we just get overrun in midfield, and also Xhaka and Guendouzi is a midfield central pairing that will more likely get you relegated than crowned as champions.

Both struggle to win anything but the simplest of balls, and both hang onto it far too long. Mateo at least partially makes up for it with his youth and work rate, as evidenced in the 2nd half, but Xhaka needs to move on ASAP, he is pure and simply a liability.


1.) 07 Jan 2020 08:07:28
I thought Guendouzi was exceptional last night, with his non-stop work rate, break up of play and timely interceptions. It is interesting that fans continually criticise Xhaka, yet managers continue to back and select him. Last night he broke up play, committing tactical fouls when necessary which interrupted Leeds play. His work rate was excellent and his passing was impressive. I believe it’s time to stop getting at the players, back them. Arteta knows the poor players and will move them out in due course. There is criticism of Holding, who has recently returned from a serious injury after a long break. It takes time to build fitness, confidence, etc. Good to get a second win on the trot and a second clean sheet. I thought Martínez kept us in the game in the first half.

2.) 07 Jan 2020 10:51:03
Guendouzi was poor in the first half, not providing options to pass, not mobile enough at all. Second half he improved but don’t think he was exceptional by any means.

3.) 07 Jan 2020 11:05:36
Just to be clear on the Rob Holding thing, he had a particularly poor night last night but he is a lot better player than he looked last night but equally he is absolutely not and never has been yet a proven top premier league CB or anywhere near the player he was made out to be by some fans while he was out injured.

He's played a dozen games a season since he arrived some decent some ok and some pretty poor ones too.

As much as he has missed games each season through injury he has also been left out because of poor performances too, let's just be honest about the lad rather than pretend that before his injury he was on the verge of an England call up or top clubs across Europe were watching him.

The lad has been over hyped and set up to fail simply because he's not so far and has never yet been anywhere near the player some fans have made out he is.

He might one day be an England international we might one day be fighting off Real Liverpool and City for his signature but let's see the lad put together 10 15 20 good games together before stating how important he is to us and how he will improve us once fit, the lad is much like Maitland Niles and Cellabos had a few good games but a long way from premier league proven top quality.

{Ed047's Note - no argument from me

4.) 07 Jan 2020 12:00:36
Prior to Holding’s extremely serious injury Arsenal were unbeaten in league matches last season. He was playing superbly and looked set for an international call up. Last night just having recently returned from the long lay off, he was up against a very physical and tigerish Leeds team, which wasn’t easy. I am sure once he had regained match fitness after a few matches he will look a different player.

{Ed025's Note - last night he looked more like a cricket player than a footballer.. :)

5.) 07 Jan 2020 12:39:02
Holding looked good v Chelsea in the cup final and at the end of that season and he also looked good for a few games before his injury last season too, the common denominator during his 2 good spells was both Arsene and Emery were using a back 3 during Holdings best games, he has always struggled to win or keep a place in a CB pairing ever since he arrived at Arsenal.

Maybe Artetta can improve him as he seems to have both Papa and Luis very quickly but at the moment Rob Holding is about as close to an England cap as Maitland Niles Nelson Chambers and Wilock which is absolutely nowhere near anywhere close at all.

Unless Artetta and England start playing a back 3 Holding is still very much a player trying to find his premier league level or even he has it to find.

Hopefully one day all Arsenal's English players will be internationals but at the moment it's very much a case of getting on the training field with heads down, work very hard and improve an awful lot before they can think of England or even life as a premier league regular.

6.) 07 Jan 2020 13:37:10
Nice win good for the confidence and more respect and belief in the manager - it will take us places. COYG

Holding defended well last night given the time he's been out for and was looking confident. The issue I have with him is not playing the ball early enough. Thereby, allowing the spaces to be closed down leading to multiple errors. If you are not match fit that is more reason not to hold on to the ball more than what's necessary.

{Ed025's Note - a lot of pluses second half yard, but i have to say holding was awful mate i dont know what game you were watching?, and also sokratis for the size of the guy...what a big girls blouse, get shut of those two and PEA back and you could be going places mate..

7.) 07 Jan 2020 14:45:46
The thing that made me laugh was the commentators kept saying during the first half and the pundits at half time how our players were still tired from the United game :-)
We had 4 days recovery time in between games, whatever were Emery and Fredie training them on that made them so unfit before Arteta arrived! Sticky buns fizzy drinks and steak and kidney pudding :-)

8.) 07 Jan 2020 21:51:56
It’s funny, in that at times the premiership doesn’t always look to be as good as we all think, and yet it obviously is at an extremely high level, with players weaknesses quickly found out. This is evidenced by the number of players from all clubs who struggle to regain form after an injury layoff, or players who looked superb in another league but struggle in the premiership, like Pepe, or even players already in the premiership, who move club and then look a shadow of their former selves, like Mahrez at Man City. That’s why I am not concerned by Holdings performance last night. He was starting to look a good player last year, and his distribution was one of his strengths, so that is not a concern for me. The only issue is that as G62 has said, his best performances have always come as part of a back 3, which I don’t think suits us as a formation, certainly not with tweedledumn playing in front of them. He needs to show he can be a successful CB in a pair, which puts a lot more pressure on his physique and organisation skills, but I think he has the ability, he just needs to show the drive.

9.) 07 Jan 2020 22:26:46
Totally agree Epping, top athletes and top people from all professions are always telling kids " you can be anything you want to be, if you want it enough you will achieve it "
It's mentality determination and effort put in day after day that separates the best from the rest more than simply being born with more natural abilty.



25 Apr 2019 15:12:11
Although i agree that we need to give Emery a transfer window or two so he can build his own team, i have to confess i am not overly optimistic that we will have a positive transfer window in the summer. I see each of our top 6 competitors, and in fact most of Europes top teams, entering the transfer market with one single objective; how to strengthen their squad. However with us, I fear it will be a different single objective; how to lower our wage bill. I fear the players who depart will be based on their earnings rather than what they contribute to the team, and each will be replaced by a cheaper alternative. If we are savvy, then it may go well, and teams like Ajax are again a reminder that you don't have to be Real Madrid Galcticos to succeed. However, don't be surprised if rather than just the unliked/ unused players go, such as a Mustafi and Jenkinson, but also some of our more useful, popular, but ultimately expensive players, such as a Lacca or Aubey, and of course Ozil, if any taker is found. What do others think?


1.) 25 Apr 2019 17:09:36
We get rid of players like Lacca and pea iam done with arsenal football club.



23 Apr 2019 15:40:32
Just to change the subject on here slightly, it was nice to see Ed002's excellent Arsenal transfer list on the rumours page. For me, the disappointment is yet again that we seem to be mostly looking outwards from the UK in our search for players, with perhaps only one or two options being existing UK or premiership based players. Yes that has worked before, with Torriera and Guendozi looking good purchases, but to balance we have Mustufi and Xhaka, who both came in as expensive purchases, and looked good in another league, but can't cut the mustard in the premiership. So is there really no premiership or British based players who would be worth a punt, who could improve our squad, even at the so called inflated price that comes with them? For CB, how about Coady from Wolves, or Lacelles from Newcastle, or even Ben Godfrey from Norwich? Are they all not better options than another potential Mustafi? What about replacements for Ramsey, apart from the two Bournemouth players already linked? How about Ward-Prowse from Southampton? Should we manage to ship out Xhaka, who could replace him, perhaps Declan Rice, or even Doucoure from Watford (OK so not British but Premiership) For wingers, how about Ryan Sessegnon (or left wing back) . He looked good on the weekend and ended up playing RW, an area we are also looking for according to Ed002. In the past British players have always been deemed expensive and just not good (or dedicated) enough versus their foreign competition, but this seems to be changing now, with perhaps Raheem Sterling being an example of the modern english player, who perhaps 5 years ago would have wasted his ability and career, but who now seems to be one of the first names on both Peps and Gareth Southgates team sheet. English football appears to be going through a long waited purple patch, and it would be a shame if we turned our back on it just to try and buy cheap elsewhere? What do others think?


{Ed002's Note - Part of the problem with going for HG players is the price is always much higher. Sessegnon needs work - he has had a torrid season.}

1.) 23 Apr 2019 16:21:55
Agree Epping but Ed has a good point. If Grealish is anywhere near £40m then what does that say for the likes of Maddison, Brooks etc? We could pay inflated prices for HG players but surely our own academy should help somewhat in that respect? If it isn't, then why are we not producing good enough players? I think there is a lot more emphasis on younger players coming through now and it is certainly something we will see more frequently in upcoming seasons. I'm really hoping Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Saka and Nketiah can hit the ground running at premier league level in seasons to come, and that's just a name a few who have excelled under Freddie. I do agree with premier league players though, there are plenty in teams mid-table who we could/ should go for.

2.) 23 Apr 2019 21:03:07
I think teams are looking for their home grown players to be just that, its cheaper than buying in HG talent. Then the rest is up to the people in the network to pick out the rest. A lot more teams want to produce HG players for many reasons and one is the price of buying in from elsewhere. The other is, it shows the club is working well from top to bottom. Why have a youth set up, if you can't benifit from it. We arsenal football club need players through the ranks more.

3.) 24 Apr 2019 09:44:29
Happy for us to add young players with talent and build towards a plan - happy for Europa football for 3 years if we have a clear plan and strategy to get us properly competing in 3 years. I just don’t see a plan at present - from the board, from the manager, our set up and how we structure both backroom staff and signings

Long term glory over short term trust and error.

4.) 24 Apr 2019 10:48:10
Personally I think the trick is to buy ( just examples ) Maddison from Norwich and Mcguire from Hull not either from Leicester when they've already earned a reputation that triples or quadruples their initial fee.
It's not all about buying young but spotting raw or missed talent from the lower divisions in England Ireland Scotland and Wales.
With good scouting and most imporyantly excellent coaches who are brought into the equation before signing players where they have say on where they can or can't improve raw bargain buy players rather than Just be handed them and told do something with him!
If coaches were allowed to have a say and an input as to who they felt they could really improve and who they would struggle to improve before you bought them I think the chances of that player making the grade would increase considerably.
Give a plummer a spanner and he'd know what to do with it but chuck him a fish and he'd probably struggle to deliver a meal worth eating:-)
To me it makes sense to include the people who are expected to develop the raw materials when deciding which ones to buy.
Obviously this isn't an issue when spending 100 million on an established player.




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27 Mar 2020 22:18:23
Note to Arsenal, right club, wrong player. If you going to call Valencia the conversation should be about Geoffrey Kondogbia.




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19 Mar 2020 21:19:32
I think he is the best of our “creative” ball carrying midfielders, but then again maybe that’s not saying much. Would still prefer him to stay and let pretty much every other of our so called midfielders go. The main issue with Ceballos is he plays alongside other players who are the same. I would like to see him partner a proper defensive midfielder and then see how he plays.




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14 Jan 2020 21:54:13
That sounds promising Ed. So you you see Ceballos as a central midfielder, or is he more in competition with Ozil for the number 10/ attacking midfielder role?


{Ed047's Note - well from what Arteta’s has said, he wants him playing in an advanced role, so direct competition for Ozil.

That’s where I imagined he’d fit in mate, higher up the pitch. He’s been out since Nov 6th with a hamstring so playing catch up on fitness.

He did look good early on so let’s hope Arteta gets him playing well and maybe assisting and scoring a few.

Arteta says he likes him too so depending on how he does may determine whether we offer for him at the end of his loan.



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14 Jan 2020 18:06:52
Yeah, Ceballos started so positively, and like the team, faded badly. But what we saw initially shows he has the talent, and he seems to find both space and time on the ball, signs of a decent player (even dare i say Cazorla like? ) . However, I must confess Ed, I am completely out the loop with him, has he been injured, out of favour or a combination of the 2?


{Ed047's Note - he’s been out injured mate, started back in full training the last week or so.

He should get minutes soon so a new slate under Arteta, he’ll just be catching up with the new fitness requirements.



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14 Jan 2020 16:33:31
No, i think Torreira should stay Ed, and i like that since Arteta took over Torreira has come back into the team. It hopefully shows that Arteta, unlike previous managers, realises how important it is having a busy player in midfield who can tackle and protect the back 4 (Ala Fernandihio at Man City)

However I am also old fashioned, and think that you always need some players who are both good and physically big, which you just don't get with Torreira. Terrier yes, but wolf, no! He makes me laugh when he comes out holding the hand of a mascot, you sometimes have to look twice to realise which one is the child!

I would love us two have two decent players competing for each of the two central midfield positions. For me a Torreira/ Kongdobia would compete to cover one position, and a Guendouzi, and sadly currently Xhaka, compete to cover the other.


{Ed047's Note - totally agree Epping, I really like Torriera and would have loved to see Cazorla next to him, think they would have been great together.

I’m the same with the mascot, some I’ve seen would dwarf him! 🤣

We just need to make that midfield better, I’m interested to see how Ceballos performs under Arteta whose obviously giving him plenty of time to get fit.




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03 Jun 2020 22:09:56
For ages I have thought Geoffrey Kondogbia is exactly what we need in midfield. Tall, good tackling defensive midfielder who pops up with the occasional goal and assists. Now we have no money we need a younger, cheaper version. Anyone have any ideas? I watch a fair bit of LaLiga and Celia Vigos Turkish midfielder Okay Yokuslu looks a decent prospect, and probably would be at the cheaper end of possibilities, especially if CV get relegated.




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13 May 2020 21:03:49
Watching the re-run of the 1979 cup final ( one of the greatest imo) reminded me what a great player Brady was, two footed, and a great creative force, so he wins for me.




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04 May 2020 22:27:25
That’s exactly what my wife always says G62, which is why she was fired from the family planning clinic.




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03 May 2020 10:42:59
Can’t do fencing G62, I’m allergic to creosote.




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29 Mar 2020 20:37:14
The 70’s may be the decade that taste forgot but I believe it has given us some of the greatest popular music songs so far IMO:

Free - All right now
Boston - More than a Feeling
Faces - Anything ( But especially Bad n Ruin)
Paul McCartney - Maybe I’m amazed
Traffic - Dear Mr Fantasy

And probably my favourite song of all time

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

What a decade for music. could spend another few hours listing more songs.