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September 10, 2011

Saturday Bootroom: The Wenger Restart


While most of us spent friday discussing hair gel techniques and Orr enjoyed himself a bit too much over the start of Serie A, it’s time for the Premier League to step up and entertain us. While many of us will be watching the early morning Arsenal match (with many hoping to watch Wenger crash and burn some more), there are a few even more interesting matches going on today. Tottenham is sitting at the bottom of the table with zero points, and are playing the 7th places Wolves of Wolverhampton. What Will Harry Do? Can Chelsea travel north to the Stadium of Light and hold their own against Sunderland (wait, what am I thinking?). The lads of Liverpool have to travel to Stoke to play an ever tough team. Mock them as much as you like, but Tony Pulis always has his teams prepared, and they are very opportunistic squads. Liverpool better not let their guard down, or there will be tears. Also, if you’re into some Conference slumming, Blackpool is taking on Ipswich and we all want to see an Ipswich beat down.

(all times EST)

10:00 Arsenal vs. Swansea City, FSC
10:00 Sunderland vs. Chelsea, ESPN2, ESPN3
12:00 Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona, ESPN3
12:30 Bolton vs. Manchester United, FSC
2:30 Cesena v Napoli, FSC
4:00 Valencia vs. Atletico de Madrid, ESPN3



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53 Comments


  1. Wacman

    Yes Warren Barton, the only reason Arsenal made any signings was because of the 8-2 loss. Only reason…
    .
    Also, I watched the AC Milan match too! Well, I saw Lazio score twice, and woke up after each Milan goal


  2. Steve

    Wolverhampton v Tottenham
    Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, O’Hara, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Milijas, Vokes, Foley, Jarvis.
    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko, Townsend, Falque, Giovani.
    Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)


  3. Steve

    Arsenal v Swansea
    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Frimpong, Arteta, Arshavin, Walcott, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Park, Andre Santos, Djourou, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin.
    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Agustien, Britton, Allen, Sinclair, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Gower, Richards.
    Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)


  4. Steve

    Great to see King back; here’s hoping he can stay in the side for a while!


  5. Everton Starting XI: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill

    Subs: Mucha, Vellios, Barkley, Gueye, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville

    I really don’t care about Villa except Darren Bent and Alan Hutton are starting.


  6. And yes, that is the 4-6-0 Moyes is going with


  7. Jobin

    Steve, Do you have a streaming link?


  8. lolz, Heskey looks like he picked up a knock


  9. Keith

    Heskey coming off already? Be smart and put Bannan on, Eck.


  10. Steve

    Jobin – I’m not watching it (I’m on FSC.tv), but try this: real – tv – sport . com/ channel-6 .php


  11. Nathaniel

    @Steve – You’re getting a stream from foxsoccer.tv?

    I haven’t gotten shit for the last two weeks.


  12. Keith

    Feck. Nice spell of possession for that goal.


  13. Steve

    @Nathaniel – takes like 3-4 minutes to load, but then works fine when it does. I was worried at first.


  14. Goat

    Anyone see the first 25 minutes or so of the Arsenal game? I was at my kid’s first soccer game ( next 7 Saturdays at 9–hope it doesn’t fuck with my soccer viewing too much).


  15. Wacman

    @Goat, Insert everything you’ve ever known about Arsenal in the past 5-6 years and you have the first 35 min


  16. Wacman

    Arsh is such a defensive liability…


  17. Wacman

    Theo is such a defensive liability…


  18. Goat

    Thanks, wac. I was afraid that was the case.


  19. Wacman

    Cue Benny Hill…
    .
    How the fuck did Arsh fit that in? (That’s what she said)


  20. Goat

    Typical beautiful Arsenal goal!


  21. Wacman

    Arsh and Theo just straight up never track back… I don’t get how they’re allowed to do that


  22. Torres benched. Andy Carroll benched. 85 million pounds of suckage.


  23. Wacman

    ENGLISH PLAYERS DIVE!!!!


  24. Wacman

    RVP almost scoring with his chocolate leg…


  25. Moonshine Mike

    RvP has a chocolate leg? I am afraid to even ask…


  26. Wacman

    Frimpong lays into Arsh/Theo “Fucking help me!”


  27. Wacman

    @MM, He did an interview where he called his right leg his chocolate leg the year he actually started shooting with both feet


  28. Goat

    I don’t give a shut if Theo isn’t a natural wide player. Not crossing the ball into the stands isn’t that difficult, particularly for a professional footballer.


  29. Moonshine Mike

    Walcott speedy enough to elude defenders, stupid enough to kick them.


  30. Fucking stoke. Fucking Liverpool.


  31. Wacman

    This is not a CL side for next year…


  32. Wacman

    @TSE, You’ve misspelled Failcott…


  33. Wacman

    Massive victory my ass…that was a blech game, and shittastic ending. You should not be able to say that newly promoted Swansea deserved a point at the Emirates, but they did today


  34. Precious Roy

    Wac: Pretty sure it was this fixture last year (home to a shit West Brom side after the first international break) that we lost. This is also the kind of match we’ve been pissing away the last couplathree year. So, take the three points, learn what you can and build on it.


  35. Goat

    Arsenal have announced their return with that convincing victory and shown that they’re still a threat to win the league.


  36. Precious Roy

    Wac: Never mind. Warren Barton pretty much just echoed everything I said in the postgame, so it must be completely wrong. We’re still fucked.


  37. Wacman

    @PR, I’m trying not to be results oriented, so I’m not happy with the performance. They have yet to put together 90 minutes of good, if not decent football together and that’s my main malfunction


  38. Goat

    Also, I have red, pulsating, glowing spiders climbing up my walls.


  39. @Goat: you taking shrooms? or trying to become the next spiderman?


  40. Yeah, we like Chcharito. Too bad Cleverley is hurt


  41. Goat

    @TFA: I’d have to be shrooming to think that Arsenal looked good and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene was supposed to be prime shroom growing weather.


  42. Wacman

    Was this what the Invincibles looked like? Cause Man U looks pretty ridiculous


  43. @Wac: Don’t start with that kind of talk yet.


  44. Wacman

    @TSE, I’m doing it only kind of out of spite. I can’t think of the last time I saw a team in England scoring for fun like this. And we know they can win the cold, blustery away game 1-nil with a goal in the 85th…in fact, we know Owen Goal will score it. I feel like they could do it.


  45. jjf3

    Got home in time to see the highlights. For some reason, I expected ManU to at least have to put in some effort at Bolton. Jeezus, United is off to one hell of a start. Not sure if its reassuring that United has recently been a slow-starting team when they ultimately win, or frightening that they’re just getting started. And FFS I fucking hate Venkys for selling Jones this past summer – I just want to puke every time I see him in red.
    But hey, me and Green Eggs get the bootroom to ourselves tomorrow when everyone gets to watch “Steve Kean’s team” on the pitch (apologies in advance for all Rovers-induced comas).
    Do not like Napoli’s yellow shirts. Holy shit, nice throw-in assist!!


  46. jjf3

    Nicely done by Cesena, though I’d like to think the keeper should have done more to stop it…1-1


  47. jjf3

    Cesena goes down to 10 man after a blatantly stupid and obvious handball, and Djokovic is making things a little more/too interesting for Federer, where he’s won the 3rd set and gone up a break in the 4th.


  48. Orr

    Cesena 1-3 Napoli, my psychic powers strike again!



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