So happy that Oli is getting shown some love. He’s a desperately under-rated player. It’s a classic example of being so blinded by what you WANT, that you can’t see what you HAVE.
Despite all the negative attention, the criticism, the injuries and the impossible expectation – Olivier believed in himself and gave us a world-class performance against Olympiacos.
The Dutch Skunk dragged us through a season – well, Olivier dragged us into the knockout rounds of football’s most glamorous competition. And single-handedly saved us form the ignominy of Europa Thursdays – the traditional stomping ground of that lot down the road. For that, I’ll always be grateful.
Gooners were wondering who would be the Trojan Horse that would bring us victory in Athens. Turns out it was ollie the one-trick mule, heavy with the burden of our universal scorn.
Well – mule no more, you’re a hat-trick stallion.
Here’s my Gunners Town Tribute Screensaver/Wallpaper for Oli
Oli G – 157 Appearances for the Gunners and 71 Goals a ratio of 0.45
For context the man Wenger compared him to and 2 times Golden Boot Winner and Title winner Alan Smith
played 347 times for his 115 goals for a ratio of 0.33. Smudger is considered a Club Legend and rightly so
I was eleven-and-a-half. My family had just emigrated from Rhodesia to South Africa. All the kids on my street supported United or Liverpool, because of their Southern African goalkeeper connections: Bailey for United and Grobbelaar for ‘Pool. Problem was: I didn’t like the colour red – so when FA Cup Final day came around in 1979, I supported the team in yellow, even though their name sounded like “Asshole”. At the final whistle, I had bragging rights and a team that had won my heart.
Then I discovered that the Gunners also wore red. Luckily, I remained loyal, and the Arsenal has kicked my heart around ever since… (apart from a few lost years in the ’90s and early ’00s, when I was busy doing grownup things as a composer in Hollywood).
Abandoned invinciblog.com to launch this site with 1 Nil Down 2 One Up blogfather Dave Seager – and we have used this platform to help launch the writing careers of a number of amazing Arsenal bloggers.