The twelve games of Christmas 2011

On the first day of Christmas my true love game to me, Birmingham nil and Arsenal three.1
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two Arsenal goals and a come from behind victory.2
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me a one-nil win over Udinese.3
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a ticket to the League Cup final where we lost to Birmingham City.4
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a one-one draw to Borussia Dortmund.5
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a one-nil win over Marseille.6
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me Santos’ first goal and an Olympiakos victory.7
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Arsenal scoring three on Shrewsbury.8
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me an amazing save by Wojiech Szczesny.9
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me an Aaron Ramsey goal and a 1-0 victory.10
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me a five three win and the destruction of John Terry.11
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me the win over Barca and a goal by Robin van Persie.12

Happy Holidays Gooners! Here’s to an even better 2012.

1. This match was notable as Robin van Persie’s first goal of 2011
2. Arsenal 2-1 Everton was one of Arsenal’s more resilient displays of 2011 though a sort of minor match. Everton lead for the majority of the game before Arshavin scored the equalizer and five minuted later Kosciely got the winner.
3. Sure, it’s not the most emphatic win but at the time Arsenal were in serious trouble with Cesc and Nasri leaving and the defense in turmoil. The Gunners defended the 1-0 win after Theo put them ahead in just the 4th minute.
4. You might not think this is a great memory but I met some really great friends and got a chance to see Arsenal in a cup final. How many people get to say that?
5. It was still early irons for Arsenal’s new look defense but buoyed by a late first half strike, Arsenal weathered an important storm against Borussia and their amazing crowd. In the end, it took a wonderstrike to beat Arsenal’s defense but not before the team earned major plaudits.
6. Arsenal still were struggling with early season form and Wenger was under a lot of pressure to deliver so, a trip to the south of France was just what the doctor ordered. Ramsey was a late sub and proved the perfect tonic as his late winner all but secured Arsenal berth into the next round of the Champions League.
7. If you don’t remember this game, let me refresh your memory. Song, long diagonal ball, The Ox™ takes the pass, clips past the defender and scores his first ever Champions League goal.
8. Again, another Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain beauty. Sure, it’s just a League Cup match but this was his very first Arsenal goal. This one came at the perfect time, Arsenal had just lost 4-3 to Blackburn and needed a bit of hope. The Ox™ gave us all that hope.
9. This game had it all. Udinese played magnificently and Arsenal were down 1-0 but Robin drags them back into the game with a second half strike before the ref awards a penalty. That’s when Szczesny steps up with a brilliant save, keeping Arsenal in the game, and securing Arsenal’s place in the Champions League.
10. The win over Man U at the end of last season was a bright spot in an otherwise very dark time for Arsenal. That Ramsey got the winner was the sweetest part.
11. Very few things in life will ever be as sweet as the sight of John Terry falling over as Robin van Persie scores a hattrick.
12. Surely you don’t need a recap of this game.

22 thoughts on “The twelve games of Christmas 2011

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1bcgunner

    Merry Christmas Tim.

    Many thanks,from a loyal follower, for your time taken to keep on writing this blog.

    The best piece of news for Christmas by far must be the news that A.W. has denied moving for that idiot Wayne Bridge.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1scruzgooner

    tim, beautiful…but santos or the ox in no. 7?

    merry christmas to you, thanks for writing one of the best arsenal blogs on the net, and i hope the new year brings blessings of peace, prosperity, and laughter to the 7azza household. :)

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

    @ Tim 7azza: thank you for a wonderful year. I hope that you have a great holiday and come back in good shape for the run in..

  4. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1londoncalling12

    Hello Everyone:

    Christmas is a time to give blessing to new and old friends (some never seen) and at this time a special greeting to: Chary – Notoverthehill – Caribkid (where are you?) – Bunburyist – CTPA – Teampossible – Shard – ArseChicago – Critic- 1NilToTheArsenal – GoonerTerry and all the other regular readers who occasionally tick me up or down for my points of view.

    “I wish you love THIS Christmas and throughout the coming year

    May lots of laughter and happiness fill your world with cheer”

    A note to Tim:

    From the London Calling and The Red & White Observer family…. thank you for your blog.

    Throughout this past year your blog have been magnificent, but personally your writing shone the brightest during a period when our team the Arsenal was in a dark place, from March to August.

    P.S. My most enjoyable game throughout this Calendar year was not the Arsenal v Barcelona game (very very close) but the Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal on 13th Sep 2011. I choose this game because my team of ( babies) were humiliated at Old Trafford less than two weeks before but that night in a full house of excitable Germans ( away from home) they played a collective defensive game and almost won, and to this end an honourable mention has to be made to Song; who was excellent that night.

    Song is my Footballer of the Calendar year, AND without him The Arsenal is often ordinary.

    Merry Christmas…. May your God bless and keep you.

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerTerry

      @londoncalling12, and merry Christmas to you too. If that photo is of you then I can see enough to see that you are a beautiful woman – but then I could tell from your reflections that were always beautiful and sensitive. Thanks to all the above mentioned. You lot are great and all can be relied to carry on a – sometimes – heated conversation but always with civility. To Tim I say thanks Bro and hope to one day meet you face to face. To all have a great holiday and go easy on the alcohol and turkey (0;

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Teampossible

    Happy holidays Tim, to you and to all the regulars here. You know who you are, guys…and Ladies.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shard

    Merry Christmas Tim, and everyone. Have a great holiday season, and may the Arsenal help us keep up the good cheer too.

  7. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

    Merry Christmas…everybody..!!
    May The Arsenal brighten your life week after week…

    Have a great vacation Tim..You have truly connected a great bunch of people together through what they love a lot..

    This blog has been my internet find of the year..

  8. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Runcorn Gooner

    Seasons greetings from Runcorn (well someone
    has to live here and there are lots of away
    fixtures close by)
    Great blog Tim enjoy them all.
    Looking forward to 6 points over Xmas
    and many more in 2012.

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