TBIF! Thumping Liverpool this week’s highlight – but this banana skin could ruin our season…

TBIF – The Weekly Gunners Town Crew Review

Friday The 10th April, 2015

Welcome to Thank Bergkamp It’s Friday – where members of the Gunners Town writing team gather to take a look at the Arsenal week that’s just passed. It’s a simple format, really – each week, a smattering of our eclectic scribes will select a HERO, a VILLAIN, a HIGHLIGHT, and a LOWLIGHT from the previous seven days.

Lastly they will share what is in their ‘HEADLIGHTs‘, which could be a player to watch, a worry for a forthcoming match, a potential banana-skin to look out for…. 

We’d love to know what you think: do you agree/disagree? Did we miss something? If you would like to participate, please add your selections in the Comments below…

-~• HERO •~-

A shout out to a person/organization that you feel has done something praiseworthy in the past week.

Andrea: Hector Bellerín’s outstanding performance against Liverpool has shown the world what this fella is all about…and he’s ours!

Michael: My hero of the week is Emre Can. How I loved him being torn a new one on Saturday. Ozil sent him packing on numerous occasions and it culminated in his red card for a rash foul on Welbeck, who incidentally also had his life during his cameo appearance. 

Steve: Ozil. Dancing in the shadows. Battling on the pitch. Proving the haters wrong.

Matt: Hector Bellerin, because we continue to forget how young and inexperienced at the top level he is purely because he is so god damn awesome.

Paul: Ozil. That free kick was absolutely sublime. Shades of Cazorla in the FA Cup.


Bellerín and Özil get some BFG + Welsh Jesus love

HEROs of the Week: Mesut Özil & Hector Bellerín


-~• VILLAIN •~-

A shout-down to a person/organization that you feel has done something shameworthy in the past week.

Andrea: How to name a villain for a week that ended with a 4-1 against Liverpool? Only Adrian Durham can fit the bill, his piece about how we bottle it on big games was spectacularly creative.

Michael: Newcastle United. You know we think we have it bad at time and here is a club that is rotten to the core and exploiting its fans. They were absolutely horrific on Sunday. I can’t imagine our meltdown if we put in a lacklustre display like this.

Steve: Michael Owen. The man is truly deluded

Matt: Gervinho. I’m not too sure why. I guess I haven’t forgiven him for causing me so much stress when he was in North London.

Paul: My villain this week is whoever was responsible for rescheduling 3 of the 7 remaining Arsenal fixtures.

The wax Michael Owen isn't much better...

The wax Michael Owen isn’t much better…

VILLAIN of the Week: Michael Owen



The most memorable or poignant moment of the past week. Typically an event, rather than a person/organization.

Andrea: The quality of each one of our four goals against Liverpool was immense; very classy finishes from very classy players, hats down.

Michael: Smashing Liverpool. Absolutely delightful to watch us be ruthless and steamroller a top opponent.

Steve: The cab ride home on Sunday morning,  leaving Star Casino at 2am, with 3 Scousers who wouldn’t talk to me. Nice !!

Matt: Alexis Sanchez smashing in the third at the Emirates, giving me peace of mind and helping me stay calm for the following hour.

Paul: A 4-1 scoreline beats a 4-1-4-1 formation any day! Revenge is so f*ing sweet!

Revenge is sweet! Thrashing Liverpool wins the day.

Revenge is sweet! Thrashing Liverpool wins the day.

HIGHLIGHT of the Week: Arsenal 4 – 1 Liverpool


-~• LOWLIGHT •~-

The most forgettable or disappointing moment of the past week. Typically an event, rather than a person/organization.

Andrea: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s setback is hard to take, the boy deserved a chance to play two big games against Reading and Chelsea but is now likely to watch them from the stands.

Michael: Can I be harsh? The return of Arteta. I love the balance of this side and I hope his return doesn’t see him used unnecessarily. I just like things the way they are.

Steve: The Ox. The extension to his injury means he’s the only first teamer missing from Saturday’s squad

Matt: Twitter crapping itself for a moment after Jordan Henderson had pulled one back from the spot. Chill out. The comeback was never going to happen…

Paul: Seeing Gooners get excited by being linked with Sterling. How easily our heads are turned! Give me Reus any day!

Any setback on the road to Ox's domination is a lowlight...

Any setback on the road to Ox’s domination is a lowlight…

LOWLIGHT of the Week: Ox’s Injury



A prediction or warning for the week ahead. Perhaps a banana skin that we need to look out for; the return of a player; something you are looking forward to…

Andrea: Forget Reading and Chelsea,  I’m looking forward to finding out if we are mature enough to set the longest winning streak of this season and take advantage of the Manchester derby. Maturity is the word, Gunners!

Michael: We mustn’t get complacent. I’m wary we haven’t had a shocker since the NLD. Burnley have proven difficult to breakdown at home and if we get three points it’ll be massive ahead of the Manchester. Let’s break away from the godforsaken #battlefor4th.

Steve: St. Totteringham’s Day is coming!

Matt: Overconfident Gooners heading into the FA Cup semi-final. We have a right to be confident, but not cocky and disrespectful. We’ve fallen at this kind of hurdle way too often in the past.

Paul: Burnley. A banana-skin if ever there was one. Complacency and over-confidence never did us any favours. We have to keep our wits about us. A blip right now would not be good for our momentum.

Burnley. Banana skin. Beware...

Burnley. Banana skin. Beware…

HEADLIGHT of the Week: Burnley vs Arsenal


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