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Sing Up Gooners

In his BBC.com column, Phil McNulty said the Champions League was the only one big gap in Arsene Wenger's CV and Arsenal's rich history. An infinite number of journalists, pundits and Gooners have said so.

In a pre-match interview, Theo Walcott said 'Man United is the biggest game of our careers.'

On his facebook page, a certain Gooner said he never prayed but he'd be on his knees come Tuesday night.

On Arsenal.com, the club is urging all home fans to wave the 60,000 specially designed flags (well maybe not all of those 60,000 will get waved for obvious reasons), to 'wear red on the night and to make as much noise as possible to support the team throughout this huge evening.'

Everyone and everything is pointing to this game as the biggest clash in our season. Regardless of the result, one thing that we have to do as a club is that we do ourselves justice with absolutely no regrets.

If we urge the team to do ourselves justice by putting on a great performance, so should we. Thousands and thousands of people like me can't be at the Emirates and - just like the various Gooners watching the Anfield game in their homes in 1989 portrayed in the Fever Pitch movie - will be jumping up and down at home, biting nails, screaming and praying, no matter what the hour in our respective part of the world. We're all jealous of the lucky fellows who're gearing up for this special European night. And to these guys, I have a favour to ask: enjoy the game and sing your lungs out for all of us!




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The Journalist

Writer: Gooner Lou Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 4 2009

Time: 3:46PM

Your Comments

Well said Lou - I'll be there and will sing myself hoarse! PS - which Gooner will be praying? I also don't look for divine help normally but may have to make an exception this time!
Gooner_Vin
Well said Lou - I'll be there and will sing myself hoarse! PS - which Gooner will be praying? I also don't look for divine help normally but may have to make an exception this time!
Gooner_Vin
Well I do realise it's a 'nothing' article. Don't boo me. The regular match-going Gooners wouldn't understand how we're feeling prior to a big clash like this when we can't do anything other than sitting there watching at home the feeling that we can't do anything to help the team (well apart from contributing to the club's TV revenue). We need you guys to do the singing for us!
GoonerLou
Well I do realise it's a 'nothing' article. Don't boo me. The regular match-going Gooners wouldn't understand how we're feeling prior to a big clash like this when we can't do anything other than sitting there watching at home the feeling that we can't do anything to help the team (well apart from contributing to the club's TV revenue). We need you guys to do the singing for us!
GoonerLou
Last I checked, we have already taken Utd. 2-0 all the way til the 90th minute at the Grove this year... no reason to believe we can't hold a 2 goal advantage tomorrow night!
TPowell
Last I checked, we have already taken Utd. 2-0 all the way til the 90th minute at the Grove this year... no reason to believe we can't hold a 2 goal advantage tomorrow night!
TPowell
I will be fully vocal through out. Although usually not a lot of noise is made at our home games, when it comes to playing Spurs, Chelsea & Man United or a big European game we show we are capable of making alot of noise. Tommorow we will be the 12th man and hopefully this will be the difference needed to send us through
paul_ownz
I will be fully vocal through out. Although usually not a lot of noise is made at our home games, when it comes to playing Spurs, Chelsea & Man United or a big European game we show we are capable of making alot of noise. Tommorow we will be the 12th man and hopefully this will be the difference needed to send us through
paul_ownz
It's gonna be rocking tomorrow, unless United score first then the atmosphere will probably die. Can't say I like the Red Flag idea, it's a bit too Chelsea for me, I'd like to be able to wear red too but I've gotta go to the game straight from work and I don't think my manager would take kindly to me coming in dressed like Santa! Oh and, look no further for the praying atheist!
Little Dutch
It's gonna be rocking tomorrow, unless United score first then the atmosphere will probably die. Can't say I like the Red Flag idea, it's a bit too Chelsea for me, I'd like to be able to wear red too but I've gotta go to the game straight from work and I don't think my manager would take kindly to me coming in dressed like Santa! Oh and, look no further for the praying atheist!
Little Dutch
Nah LD please wear red - keep the red shirt in your bag and put it on at the Emirates (and get down on your knees and pray)!
GoonerLou
Nah LD please wear red - keep the red shirt in your bag and put it on at the Emirates (and get down on your knees and pray)!
GoonerLou
Speaking of the red flag thing being 'too Chelsea', I have to ask if you guys have seen the same funny arrangement at other grounds before: when I went to watch Valencia play Barca last season, the joke club left on every seat a card in a long rectangular shape. It said 'Valencia CF' of course, in the home team's colours. It got longer after I unfolded it, wondering why the shape was so long. It turned out we're supposed to hold it up as if it's a scarf! And I wonder if those in front of the TV box would realise they're actually cardboards! lol
GoonerLou
Speaking of the red flag thing being 'too Chelsea', I have to ask if you guys have seen the same funny arrangement at other grounds before: when I went to watch Valencia play Barca last season, the joke club left on every seat a card in a long rectangular shape. It said 'Valencia CF' of course, in the home team's colours. It got longer after I unfolded it, wondering why the shape was so long. It turned out we're supposed to hold it up as if it's a scarf! And I wonder if those in front of the TV box would realise they're actually cardboards! lol
GoonerLou
Well I've got a 1989 Anfield commemorative tie, that I'll definitely be wearing. Some United fans played a top practical joke on City once. Two United fans were sitting in the Kippax, which was the main stand at Maine Road- the equivalent of the Kop or the Shed. They smuggled a banner in with them and got everybody to unfurl it. Of course,when you're underneath a flag like that you can't see what it says. The banner had written on it in massive letters, "Everybody knows Manchester is Red." Quite amusing I thought.
Little Dutch
Well I've got a 1989 Anfield commemorative tie, that I'll definitely be wearing. Some United fans played a top practical joke on City once. Two United fans were sitting in the Kippax, which was the main stand at Maine Road- the equivalent of the Kop or the Shed. They smuggled a banner in with them and got everybody to unfurl it. Of course,when you're underneath a flag like that you can't see what it says. The banner had written on it in massive letters, "Everybody knows Manchester is Red." Quite amusing I thought.
Little Dutch
All I ask for is for Arsene and the players to make it very tough for United, really make them work hard if the gods demand that Utd go thru and not us. It'll hurt if we lose but I've learned to deal with that. I just want to hold my head high and say we held our own against the champions, we gave them a real game.
jaelle
All I ask for is for Arsene and the players to make it very tough for United, really make them work hard if the gods demand that Utd go thru and not us. It'll hurt if we lose but I've learned to deal with that. I just want to hold my head high and say we held our own against the champions, we gave them a real game.
jaelle
I to hope we play 442, theo and nasri on the wings RVP and Nicky up front and Cesc and Song in the middle, then Gibbs Johan Toure and Sagna at the back and Manuel in goal, if Gibbs is not available then I'd play Eboue on the left of defense, he did well there on Saturday. It is vital that we keep a clean sheet and I for one believe we will score one or more as long we go for them and play with two strikers, their defense can be got at as has been shown by Lpool, Villa and spuddies.
Armory
I to hope we play 442, theo and nasri on the wings RVP and Nicky up front and Cesc and Song in the middle, then Gibbs Johan Toure and Sagna at the back and Manuel in goal, if Gibbs is not available then I'd play Eboue on the left of defense, he did well there on Saturday. It is vital that we keep a clean sheet and I for one believe we will score one or more as long we go for them and play with two strikers, their defense can be got at as has been shown by Lpool, Villa and spuddies.
Armory
don't let the scousers know you've been given free flags to wave, it sort of starts them off about their feckin history!
merlin
don't let the scousers know you've been given free flags to wave, it sort of starts them off about their feckin history!
merlin
Good one Lou. I hope the gooners provide a hostile atmosphere tomorrow night. Lots of singing, chanting and noise. Our players deserve the encouragement.
prits
Good one Lou. I hope the gooners provide a hostile atmosphere tomorrow night. Lots of singing, chanting and noise. Our players deserve the encouragement.
prits
Yep, Brilliant Article GoonerLou, you are so right! Those at The Grove tonight have got a get behind the Players even if things aren't going our way. This match is huge, and any Arsenal Fan there tonight, can't be bother to sing, and shout for the Team. Then can they please give me their ticket!
hackneyval
Free specially designed flags with a big 'Emirates' written on em no doubt, do we not make a good enough atmos without these?! Up the Arsenal
shewore
Free specially designed flags with a big 'Emirates' written on em no doubt, do we not make a good enough atmos without these?! Up the Arsenal
shewore
Easier said than done given the 'polite' response of the 56,000 home supporters so far in the new stadium (and Highbury as well). I guess they can always flash 'Make some noise' on the big screens like they do at American sporting events to remind the home support why they are there. I believe the key rests with the team- if they come out with purpose from the first minute the crowd will (or at least should) respond. If they come out playing as listlessly as last Wednesday, I can't see the crowd being anything other than listless either.
elbondo
Easier said than done given the 'polite' response of the 56,000 home supporters so far in the new stadium (and Highbury as well). I guess they can always flash 'Make some noise' on the big screens like they do at American sporting events to remind the home support why they are there. I believe the key rests with the team- if they come out with purpose from the first minute the crowd will (or at least should) respond. If they come out playing as listlessly as last Wednesday, I can't see the crowd being anything other than listless either.
elbondo
 

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