Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 3rd February 2016

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

So The Arsenal piled on plenty of pressure against The Saints but could not force the game winner. Wenger rotated his line-up hoping for a change in fortunes but somehow couldn’t get our 1st league win in 4 matches. Stats don’t lie and the fact that their keeper made 10 saves against us says a lot. Although i wouldn’t say that our finishing was totally sharp in the first place.

February and March are always so crucial for us and we are STILL in the hunt for 3 trophies. We’ve got 6 matches coming up in less than 4 weeks. So let’s hope the lads sharpen their saw immediately!

#squeakybumtime

Last Saturday’s FA Cup victory was a good introduction of our new Prince of Egypt, Elneny! He displayed plenty of promise on the pitch. How many of you felt he was sure to score from his chances? Wouldn’t that have made an unbelievable dream start to his Arsenal career?

#walklikeanEgyptian

Arsenal Match Tickets

The final 2 home matches for April is now available for booking. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

Crystal Palace (Category B Fixture)
Match Date: Apr 16th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Feb 6th, 2016

Norwich City (Category C Fixture)
Match Date: Apr 30th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Feb 20th, 2016

This Sunday, we have an early game against Bournemouth. It’s 4th v 15th! We seriously need to get back on track in our chase for the league title. Although we are 5 points behind the current leaders, I foresee more twists and turns in the coming weeks ahead. So let’s continue singing your Arsenal songs and keeping the faith.

Arsenal v Bournemouth, Sunday 7 Feb, 9.30pm kick-off at Molly Bras Basah and Dorsett.

This Sunday is also the eve of Chinese New Year so for those of you planning to have an early reunion dinner or lunch with your family and loved ones, you can still have your reunion first and then head to Molly for the match at 9.30pm.

Huat huat huat ahhh!!
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Wan Shi Ru Yi

May the Year of the Monkey swing good luck, prosperity and good health to one and all! And to The Arsenal too!!

Victory Through Harmony,
Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 27th January 2016

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

Shocking!
Flabbergasted!
Un Un Unbelievable!

We all felt that way, and more, after playing Maureenho-less Chelski. Different manager, same outcome. Boo!

Theo didn’t step up. Ozil went missing. Rambo ran aimlessly and pretty much gave way possession more often than not. Am I being too polite still? Well this newsletter has a PG-rating unfortunately. Was this our Arsenal?

That ugly “CostaCoffee” virus struck our defence yet again and essentially wiped us out thereafter. There was another 70 mins, after being down to 10 men, to salvage our pride and title credentials but alas, the team (OUR TEAM) was nowhere to be found. We win as a team, we lose as a team.

Ending our league run in January with this loss is definitely a BIG blow. Let’s not fool ourselves. Let’s hope the coming Year of the Monkey will get us swinging to good fortune again!

Arsenal Match Tickets

For those Gooners who want to show Adebayor what you think of him, you can catch him at The Emirates when Crystal Palace come to play in April. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

Crystal Palace (Category B Fixture)
Match Date: Apr 16th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Feb 6th, 2016

Arsenal Merchandise and Membership Cards

Gooners, I need your help. We have about 90 members who have not collected your membership cards for this season plus the yellow scarves which is your renewal gift. About 15 new members have also not collected their Arsenal Singapore polo t-shirt which is your sign-up gift. We are running out of space to store these items so your cooperation is needed. Please collect them from the Exco team this Saturday 30th Jan (Burnley match) strictly 10pm-10.30pm.

This Saturday, it’s Burnley in our way to clinch our 13th FA Cup. There’s speculation that Coquelin and Elneny may start the match or at least play some part in this. Alexis should start and get things going too. Come on down to catch your current FA Cup Champions in action.

Arsenal v Burnley, Saturday 30 Jan, 11pm kick-off at Molly Bras Basah and Dorsett.

What Did She Wear? She Wore……

Victory Through Harmony,
Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 23rd January 2016

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

TGIF folks!

So the rugby team huffed and puffed (read: getting physical and rough) but couldn’t break us down. Hey Cech’s MOTM award (yet again!) clearly proved how crucial his saves are for us. “12-15 points per season”? I say maybe he’s even worth 18-21 points!

Despite the ref being a w***ker, it was a gutsy performance from the lads who showed great fighting spirit. They knew how crucial the outcome of that match was in title race. So onwards we march on.

Two days ago, Theo Walcott celebrated 10 years at AFC. Theo becomes the 1st Arsenal player since Dennis Bergkamp (1995-2006) to complete 10 years at the club. How we’ve seen the lad grow.. Boyz to Man. Testimonial match soon, you say? Here’s a trivia… Did you know his first goal was against Petr Cech in 2007?

#10YearsOfTheo

Arsenal Match Tickets
April match tickets are now open for bookings. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

Watford (Category C fixture)
Match Date: Apr 2nd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 23rd, 2016 (tomorrow!)

Crystal Palace (Category B Fixture)
Match Date: Apr 16th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Feb 6th, 2016

Arsenal merchandise and membership cards
Gooners, I need your help. We have about 100 members who have not collected your membership cards for this season along with your yellow scarves which is your renewal gift. About 20 new members have also not collected their Arsenal Singapore polo t-shirt which is your sign-up gift. We are running out of space to store these items so your cooperation is needed.

Please come and collect them from the Exco team this Sunday, 11pm-11.30pm just before Chelski match. Or next Saturday 30th Jan (Burnley FA Cup match), 10pm-10.30pm.

Finally, it’s our home game against the Russian roubles of Chelski or just that bus stop in Fulham. Will “CostaCoffee” be up to no good again? What an ugly face to the name and ungentlemanly disgrace to football. You can bet Koscielny will be up for it. So too will Gabriel (if he plays) to stick it to the entire Chelski frontline. Le Coq is back! Alexis is back!! Ozil is back!!! Elneny is raring to go!!!! Which first XI will Wenger start with to get the job done? We have 16 more matches till May to clinch it!

Come on down to Molly Bras Basah on Sunday night/Monday morning, 12 am.

It’s gonna be loud. It may get ugly. Let’s get behind the Gunners!
(Dorsett will not telecast this match).

London is Red! COYG!!

Victory Through Harmony,
Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 14th January 2016

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

Lunchtime Edition!

What a cracker of a match it was early this morning! The Arsenal almost had 3 points in the bag but for a dramatic equaliser by Klopp’s team. This topsy-turvy match had more positives than negatives for us though. 

There was rain, hail and even snow at Anfield and despite that, our lads showed a tremendous fighting spirit to come from behind. Twice! I was very proud of our First XI today and you really can’t fault them much because they played their hearts out. I can’t say the same about our 3 subs though. Did they do enough to help us hold on to our lead? It’s up for debate.

But hey, we are STILL top of the league. Numero Uno! *all smiles*

Last Saturday, The Arsenal began our road to Wembley and defence of our FA Cup with a convincing victory over Fat Sam’s Black Cats. We haven’t lost in the 3rd round since 1996. More importantly, Arsene Wenger’s team is vying to become the first team in 130 years to win the FA Cup for 3 years in a row. Think about that for a moment. History’s up for grabs, again. Burnley’s next in 2 weeks’ time. Wouldn’t that be another great legacy for Monsieur Wenger and Arsenal FC? 

Latest news this morning after Anfield. Our 1st (or only?) January signing was confirmed by Le Prof. Mohamed Elneny has officially joined Arsenal FC and I reckon the press conference announcing this will be held later this evening. Look out for it! Already last week at Molly, I overheard some potential songs of our new Egyptian. Will it catch on? Will you sing loud and proud? Only one way to find out. Head down to Molly for the next match.

Arsenal Match Tickets

More Arsenal matches are coming in thick and fast. Ticket application for 3 matches are now open. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

Burnley – 4th Round FA Cup (Category C Fixture)
Match Date: Jan 30th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 15th, 2016

Barcelona (Category A fixture)
Match Date: Feb 23rd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 19th, 2016

Watford (Category C fixture)
Match Date: Apr 2nd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 23rd, 2016

Up next this very late Sunday night, the rugby team of Stoke City. Yeah, it may get ugly playing against those bunch of misfits. We can’t be pushovers against them. Hey, it could be worse. We could have played them on a cold wet Tuesday night.

The Arsenal v Stoke City, Mon 18th Jan, 12.15am Kick-off.
This match will only be telecast at Molly Bras Basah outlet.

I’ll see you there. Let’s go Arsenal! COYG!!!

Victory Through Harmony,

Dhanesh

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FA Cup – Burnley Match Tickets

We’ve drawn Burnley for the next round in the FA Cup! Arsenal Football Club have just announced the availability for ticket applications. It’s a short deadline so if you are a member of Arsenal Singapore and would like to apply to go to this match, please do so before 15 January.

More information here and here.

Singapore Gooners in London!

Recently, there were 12 of our local fans who travelled to The New Home of Football for the match against AFC Bournemouth. Because there was such a large group of us for that match, we worked with Arsenal to provide them an opportunity to greet the players as they arrive from the team bus. Here are some photos that one of our members submitted.

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 6th January 2016

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

It’s still good to be on top, ain’t it? What a nervy, unusual performance though from the Gunners last Saturday against the Geordies… Hangover much? The Gunners got us off in the right fashion for probably the first 20 mins. Had it not been for Man-of-the-Match Cech, it would have truly been Cech-mate for us! He’s proving to be a real bargain so far.. Thank you, Mr Abramovich! You can still shove your Russian roubles up your a**! Pardon my French.

It sure was nerve-wracking watching the team grind out that result and I truly hope it won’t happen again. Wasn’t everyone relieved when Kos The Boss netted the winner?? One Nil To The Arsenal! #boringboringArsenal

Volunteers

As you are probably aware, Arsenal Singapore will continue our commitment to the Children’s Aid Society which manages the Melrose Home in Clementi. We have a few members who volunteer their time once a month, typically on a Sunday, for 90 mins for a light cardio workout and footy kickabouts. They spend time with kids, aged 8-12 years old, who need a supportive environment to grow up to be responsible adults and upright citizens. We would like to grow our pool of volunteers (male and female) so that we can rotate them as not all volunteers are required on a monthly basis. Those who are keen to volunteer, please drop a note to Shai at shai@arsenalsingapore.com and he will fill you in with more details.

Arsenal Match Tickets

For members who are keen to catch the mighty Arsenal in action at Emirates Stadium, the matches below are now available for ticket bookings. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

Barcelona (Category A fixture)
Match Date: Feb 23rd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 19th, 2016

Watford (Category C fixture)
Match Date: Apr 2nd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 23rd, 2016

The Arsenal begins our FA Cup defence against Sunderland this Saturday. We are the most successful club in the history of the FA Cup competition. Yeah, Cup champions for only 12 times. Dozen it feel good?  So come on down to catch our team in action. Can we make it a hat-trick as Champions? Who will Wenger start? Will we have an Egyptian newcomer in time? Will he “walk like an Egyptian”? ok ok, don’t kill me now.. LOL

Arsenal v Sunderland, FA CUP kickoff at 11pm, Sat 9 Jan at Molly Bras Basah and Dorsett outlets.  The Road to Wembley starts here!

What did she wear? She Wore, She Wore, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon……

Victory Through Harmony,

Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 30th December 2015

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Dear Singapore Gooners,

Are you feeling on Top of the world now?

You do, don’t ya? That Numero Uno feeling in 2015 when The Arsenal tops the EPL table. Stats don’t lie, folks! Stats also say that the Gunners were the best team in the Premiership for the calendar year 2015.

We’re exactly at the halfway mark of the season now. It’s a really tight squeeze at the top and that’s the way i like it! Fingers crossed for 2016, we’ll pull through with all guns blazing for the remainder 19 games.

We are Top of the League, say We are Top of the League!!

Arsenal Match Tickets
For those heading to London in 2016, good news for you. These matches below are now available for ticket bookings. Send your applications to Umarani at tickets@arsenalsingapore.com

West Bromwich Albion (Category C fixture)
Match Date: Mar 12th, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 2nd, 2016

Barcelona (Category A fixture)
Match Date: Feb 23rd, 2016
Ticket Deadline: Jan 19th, 2016

Normal services has resumed for Arsenal match telecast on the telly. This Saturday, we face the Toon Army. Yes, that team where half of the players have dodgy haircuts and still claim to play decent footy. Come on down and cheer the lads. Let’s kick off 2016 with a Bang!

Arsenal v Newcastle, Kickoff at 11pm, Sat 2nd Jan at Molly Bras Basah and Dorsett outlets. I’ll see you on Saturday. Sing loud and proud.

On behalf of Arsenal Singapore Exco team, allow me to wish you and your loved ones a Goonerific 2016 ahead and may it be a Victorius one as well!

Oooh to, Oooh to be, Oooh To Be A Gooner!

We Are By Far The Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen!!

 

Victory Through Harmony,
Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 16th December 2015

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Hello Singapore Gooners,

WHAT A PERFECT WEEK !

Victories over Sunderland, Olympiacos and Aston Villa capped a glorious 7 days for Gooners worldwide. Petr Cech’s new record of clean sheets + Giroud’s record of 3rd fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 League goals + Ozil’s 13th assist = Happy Faces everywhere!

By now, you oughta know we’re meeting our “sister” club, Barca in Feb/Mar 2016. If we have Coquelin and our other key players in action, I fancy our chances. Really! Plus we’re resting comfortably near the summit of the EPL table currently. If we can maintain our current form till end Jan, we may stand a good chance. Move aside Leicester!

The biggest action over the weekend was not at Villa Park but at Bras Basah! About 100 Singapore Gooners gathered for our annual year end party. Plenty of action there, I tell you. We had our very popular Quiz segment, Beer Drinking competition and 3 new events: “Halal” drinking competition, Chapteh competition and the “Stripping” Arsenal T-shirt relay. Congrats to our Champions: Leon, Ian, Bas Tian and Team Giroud. Over 40 Gooners also received some fancy Arsenal merchandise in our lucky draw which ended the festivities.

One of the highlights that evening was the annual Arsenal Auction. We had 3 items: 2 signed jerseys by Santi Cazorla and 1 signed jersey by the Arsenal team players. We raised $1,718 in total and Arsenal Singapore will top up to make it an even $3,000. Thanks once again to our donors: Edmund, Tony and Jin Yan. The government will match our contribution dollar-for-dollar, so our recipient, Children’s Aid Society will receive a cool $6,000 in total this year. In addition, Arsenal Singapore will sponsor a set of sports apparel each for all 35 kids (t-shirt, shorts and boots/sports shoes) at Melrose Home.

Melrose Home provides a supportive environment for children between the ages of 3 to 18 years old, a “home away from home” for children and teenagers who need care and protection in a residential setting. If you are keen to volunteer once a month through Arsenal Singapore, please email to Shai at Shai@arsenalsingapore.com

Finally, the next 3 Arsenal matches won’t be telecast at Molly Roffey’s because thanks to our friends in UK, the broadcasters there have chosen to telecast these matches at unfriendly hours for us. We have Citeh (Tue Dec 22 @ 4am), Southampton (Sun Dec 27 @ 3.45am) and Bournemouth (Tue 29 Dec @ 1.30am). That’s all your pre-Christmas and Boxing Day action right there. Let’s aim for all 9 points, shall we?

I’ll catch up with everyone again in 2 weeks.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL! Ho Ho Ho!

London is Red!

Victory Through Harmony,

Dhanesh

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Arsenal Singapore Year End Party 2015

Another year has passed and we certainly are going out with a bang. Great turnout for the party, fun games and very charitable Gooners who bid generously in the auction for the Children Aid Society. And of course, Arsenal made it even merrier with a good win against Aston Villa.

#Worthable #ArsenalSGYEP2015