Arsenal Singapore Newsletter, 21 October 2020

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Greetings Gooners!

There was no Partey last weekend as we lost 1 nil to Man City! Despite the result, the team played so much better this time round compared to the previous seasons. I felt that we made so much improvement that we could have won the match or at least drew with City. But then again, City was also missing some of their key players. In any case, it was a close call between the master and his disciple. Our new signing, Thomas, made a short cameo in the game and his introduction did not leave any considerable impact to the outcome. After 5 matches, it’s 3 wins and 2 losses in the Premier League for Arsenal. With more matches, I hope the team gradually improves in time to come and battle for the title. #trusttheprocess

There were several surprising results last weekend though. My favourite one had to be the last-minute scorcher from Lanzini. I shouted with joy when that happened. Oh yes, I watch the live matches whenever I can and not just Arsenal games. Villa and Everton remain unbeaten so far. As I’ve predicted previously, this will be an interesting season for all EPL fans! And it’s gotten more interesting with Ozil out of the squad and has issued a ‘dramatic’ statement to his fans. How will Arsenal respond to that?     

It is the start of European games this week. Arsenal plays away to Rapid Vienna on Friday, 23 October 2020 at 12.55 am. Following this, the team hosts Leicester City for a Premier League match on Monday, 26 October 2020 at 3.15 am. COYG!  

On a less serious note, a member asked me last week, if someone had proof-read my newsletters. I replied that the first lady would do so, if she’s not busy. Most of the time, I was just careless, relying on the prompts from the computer. Each week, I try my best to write an interesting newsletter, and it is not an easy task man. My main aim is to garner some form of reactions from the members, be it a smile, a smirk, some satisfaction, etc., after reading it. I am no editor but I endeavour to give the best I can. So, thank you Kevin Tan Tze Wee, for the comments and the reactions. For those who do not know him, he is the best emcee Arsenal Singapore ever have! You will see more of him in the Club’s future events.

At the moment, the Club has 288 registered members. I hope you have received the exclusively designed ‘bruised banana’ membership cards. If not, the cards are still being processed and will be mailed to you in due course. Also, there are many members that have yet to renew their memberships. We are still accepting renewals for now. So quickly do so or you will miss out on the Club’s exciting events planned for this season.  

The Club is looking for members that can assist us to do simple, ad-hoc graphic works. If you think you can support the Club, please email shai@arsenalsingapore.com to indicate your interest.   

Club’s News

Crown Sports: Purchase Arsenal jerseys (home and away) at special rate and obtain 20% discount on other sporting goods (except sale/promotional items). There’s still no news on the re-stock of the third kit. Present your membership card or if you have not received your new membership card, the payment receipt from PayPal/Arsenal Sg, when making purchase(s).

Meet-the-Member initiative: Share a photo of yourself in any Arsenal kit, answer the questionnaire attached and email to shai@arsenalsingapore.com with your name and membership number to earn participation points.

The Legends Club : TLC provides their members with discount offers at Penny Black, Le Noir, Muddy Murphy’s, Sahara, the Exchange, Mogambo and Aris Studio, as well as their TLC online merchandise store and others. The annual membership subscription, exclusively for our members, is $15 (originally USD15). Do consider signing up, as TLC organises events with legendary football players! When registering via https://thelegendsclub.asia/register/, click on the button ‘Have a Coupon’ and enter ASSC to get the discounted rate.

Have a great week ahead!

Victoria Concordia Crescit,

Shai
Arsenal Singapore

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter, 14 October 2020

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Greetings Gooners!

International week is ending soon. Let’s look forward to an Arsenal game this Sunday, 18th October 2020 at 12.30 am, as the team travelled to the Etihad to play against City. It’ll be a reunion for Arteta and I am not sure if any bromance would take place at the touchline with Pep. Will there be a Partey this weekend? We shall see..

If you have been following our social media, you would have noticed the Pre-Arsene Livestream event gathering that happened on the early morning of 13th October 2020. We have 24 members registered for the event. It was the Club’s first event for this new season and it was a big success despite organising it via Zoom. Some of them walked away with Arts House’s goodie bags, each worth $100 and an Arsenal jersey, leather pouches and rubix cubes during the trivia. And after that, we watched Arsene live on screen. It was an inspiring event, with him sharing how much he loves and adores Arsenal. One Arsene Wenger, there’s only one Arsene Wenger!!

Our renewal and sign-up are still ongoing. To those that have not renewed and still receive the newsletters, I urge you to do so. It will be an exciting season ahead of us. Do take some time and renew via our online portal, https://members.arsenalsingapore.com/v2/membership

For Club matters, you can still purchase the Arsenal jerseys (home and away) at the special rate and get a 20% discount on sports goods (except sale/promotional items)  from Crown Sports at Peninsula Shopping Centre. There is no news on the restock of the third kit as of now. Present your current membership card or if you have not received your new membership card, the payment receipt from PayPal/Arsenal Sg, when making purchases.

The Club is thankful to the members who have shared their Arsenal photos and the completed questionnaires for the ‘Meet-the-Member’ initiative. To the others, I encourage you to share a photo of yourself in any Arsenal kit, answer the questionnaire attached and email to shai@arsenalsingapore.com with your name and membership number.

The Legends Club (TLC) has expanded its discounts offers to Penny Black, Le Noir, Muddy Murphy’s, Sahara, the Exchange, Mogambo and Aris Studio, as well as their TLC online merchandise store and others. The annual membership subscription for our members is $15 (originally USD15). Do consider to sign-up as TLC organised events with legendary football players.

And finally, one of our members, Jinfu, has offered us a special price to print Arsenal cup fonts for this season’s jersey. To those that have bought the jerseys and not sure what to print, he’s the man to look out for. I think the third kit, with the pink cup fonts, is fantastic.  

That’s all from me this week. COYG!

Victoria Concordia Crescit,

Shai
Arsenal Singapore

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter, 7 October 2020

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Greetings Gooners,


It was a roller-coaster ride with Arsenal football last week, with so much passion and emotion involved. I have now recovered from being a zombie.

Liverpool 3-Arsenal 1

First off, the EPL game. There was definitely a stark difference in quality between Liverpool and Arsenal. They were the World Champions after all but there were promising qualities from the Arsenal squad in that match that I was excited about. People can argue that Lacazette should have scored, when he was presented the one-on-one situation with Alisson, and that could have changed the outcome of the game. But I think we would have still lost the game, given the number of attempts made by the Champions and how they dominated the match. At least, Arsenal was not thrashed by them. But this match would have provided a learning impact to the squad.

Liverpool 0 – Arsenal 0 (won by penalties)

Even though Liverpool’s line-up for the EFL cup consisted mostly of second stringers, they played with determination to win the game. On the other hand, Arsenal players played with strategy, tactics, and grit. If not for the heroics from Leno and his BIG performance, we could have been demolished. After a nail-biting 90 minutes, Arsenal were through to the quarterfinals by winning the penalty kicks. AMN had to be the coolest penalty taker ever!!! Once again, Arsenal gets the easy route to play Man City in December 2020.

Arsenal 2 – Sheffield United 1

And on to another EPL game, after an uninspiring performance in the first half against a buoyant Sheffield United side, Arsenal won the game in the second half through a brilliant tactical change by Arteta. He brought on Pepe to replace the ineffective Nketiah and moved our Captain to play the central striker. The switch transformed the dynamics of the game and we were rewarded with 2 quick goals from Saka and Pepe. Late in the game, Arsenal’s poor defending allowed the visitor to score a magnificent, consolation goal. It was thrilling to watch Saka play on the right, Pepe on the left, Auba as central striker and Willian supporting him. Perhaps, these strategies were Arteta’s ‘koyok’ for temporary relief in matches like this. After 4 games, Arsenal is in fourth position, above Spurs, with 9 points!! #mindthegap

This EPL season will be a very interesting one. Seems that there is a resurgence of the mid-table teams, like Everton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Southampton who were playing really well. Leeds played as if they were never relegated from the Premiership. Hilariously, ManUre and Liverpool were outplayed and battered. Kane-Son partnership has elements of the Yorke-Cole combination. These have never happened before. Perhaps it is too early to say. But exciting times are ahead of us. It will not be an easy journey for Arsenal I’m sure.

Arsenal are in the rebuilding process and the team looks more promising with the signing of our new number 18. Toreira and Guendozi won’t be Parteying with us this season. All the best to them. Arsenal still have the domestic transfers and hope that Arteta gets the players he desires to strengthen the team.

LIVESTREAM WITH ARSÈNE WENGER AND BOOK LAUNCH: 13 OCTOBER 2020 AT 1.30 AM (75 MINUTES)

Our participation rate for this livestream event is not so favourable at the moment and I hope for your consideration to sign up. I understand that it is a late event, but it’s for Arsene Wenger who had given 22 years of his life to Arsenal. Those that sign-up will be invited to a pre-event Zoom gathering, organised by the Club, in which attractive prizes will be given away. Arsenal Indonesia members are invited too!

Tickets are priced at $30 and at $46 for a limited Book and Ticket Bundle special and members of Arsenal Singapore will be entitled to a special 10% OFF their tickets! Book your tickets at SISTIC here and redeem a 10% discount with the promo code: 10OFFAFCSG by 9 October 2020.

Those that had made the booking for the event, kindly email to shai@arsenalsingapore.com with your name, membership number and contact number.

In addition, if you’re attending this livestream event and looking for beer or supper to snack on, Brewerkz has you covered! All ticket holders are entitled to a special $10 OFF at the Brewerkz e-store. Simply quote the promocode ARSENE10 and enter your ticket transaction details in the “Order Instructions/Comments” section when checking out with your purchase! The offer is valid till 31 October 2020. Valid only on: http://store.brewerkz.com

That’s all from me. I might have withdrawal symptoms in these 2 weeks of international break. Till the next newsletter!

Victoria Concordia Crescit,

Shai
Arsenal Singapore

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