Arsenal v Chelsea and our Holiday Happy Hour

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Join us this Monday at 2:00pm at The Tavern on 12th and Lamar for Arsenal vs Chelsea! This is a huge match and you wont want to miss it! Arsenal look to go top of the table once more, but it will not be an easy game. Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho, and what a better time to change that! Call in sick or take a half day off and join us to cheer on the mighty Arsenal! Once the game is over we will make our way south to Black Sheep Lodge where we will have our annual Holiday Happy Hour! The drink specials will be $3 Texas pints and $3 Texas liquor! They also have fantastic hamburgers! In addition to awesome company, we will have the brand new Thierry Henry Legend documentary on the big screen! And when that one is finished, we will have the Dennis Bergkamp Legend documentary! It will be tons of fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Raffle on Nov. 10th beneffiting The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation!

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Gooners! Mark your calendars because next Sunday, November 10th we will be having a raffle to benefit Gooner On The Road’s cause, The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation! The raffle will be held after the Man United game at The Tavern! If you did not get the chance to meet Pete when he was here, he is a great guy and you can learn more about him at www.goonerontheroad.com!

Tickets for the raffle will be $3 each or 5 for $10. The way it will work is we will have 3 different pots to put your raffle tickets in. The prizes are:

Pot 1 (Restaurants / Food Trailers)
Gift certificate to The Peached Tortilla trailer
Gift certificate to Cow Tipping Creamery trailer
2 free ice creams with crushin’ from Amy’s Ice Cream
$15 gift certificate to Thunder Cloud Subs
$25 gift card to P. Terry’s
$30 gift certificate to Magnolia Cafe
Dinner for 2 at Chuy’s
2 $25 gift cards to The Tavern
2 $25 gift cards to El Arroyo
2 $50 gift certificates to Abel’s North

Pot 2 (Arsenal swag)
2 Match Day Programs from the 90′s
Arsenal America Scarf
Arsenal flash drive
Arsenal key chain
Arsenal seat belt covers
Arsenal wallet
Arsenal ear buds
Austin Gooners koozies

Pot 3 (Arsenal shirts)
Arsenal hoody (medium)
Arsenal Vancouver shirt (large)
Arsenal Kentucky shirt (medium)
2 Arsenal kits from the 90′s
Arsenal home kit 12-14 (medium)
Gift certificate for your own Arsenal kit!

As you can see we have some awesome prizes! Not to mention we play Man United that day, you wont want to miss out!

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Austin Gooners celebrating at The Tavern

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Every wonder what it is like to watch a match with us? Well, enjoy this video clip from the Arsenal v Napoli game as we celebrate Giroud’s goal!  It’s not bad for a mid-week game when everyone was working! If you have never joined us, it’s way better than watching by yourself! We hope you can join us Saturday, October 19th for our next gathering!

 

http://youtu.be/0Mc3zNJ8sQw

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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke: 10 Random Thoughts

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We scored from 3 set pieces! And two of them were headers! It seems not too long ago we were the ones being scored on from set pieces and not scoring them, especially against the likes of strong, physical teams like Stoke.Speaking of set pieces, how bout that boy Özil?! Hopefully he can teach the likes of Theo how to take proper set pieces. In only 2 games he is leading the league in assists! I can’t wait to see him after 10 more games for us!

Flamini has ben a fantastic signing! I know lots of people have slagged him off, but his physical presence was amazing, he was all over the Orcs, breaking up play and protecting the back 4, etc. Plus rumor has it he told a Stoke player after he fouled Jack Wilshere to not touch Jack again or else “I will blind you”

So happy that Aaron Ramsey scored against the rugby lads. It’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride since his injury a few years ago. Great to see him put it behind him. Best player this season for us. I wonder who he was shushing after he scored.

Kieran Gibbs has also been immense! From man of the match against Marseille mid week to another solid performance, the lad has been doing well. Let’s hope he can keep it going.

Serge Gnabry had a decent game and looks a very good prospect. He still needs some work, but held the ball up well and even had some decent crosses. Not bad for his first premier league start!

I’m not a big fan of Mark Hughes, but the way he has transformed Stoke to be more of a proper football side is impressive, plus I just despise Tony Pulis. I’m so glad I don’t have to look at him, I just want to punch him in the face!

Not Arsenal related, but Austin Gooners related, The Tavern had a fantastic breakfast buffet for us, they even made cool signs for us. I tip my hat to Gerorge the cook, who did all the work by himself after another cook failed to show up. A  few of us went to the kitchen to say thanks by cheering for him

I wish Giroud would have scored, but just because I love the man. Have you seen his hashtags on instagram? If you’re looking for a good laugh I encourage you to check them out.

It was great to see Sagna on the score sheet! His goals are few and far in between, but is a fantastic player who looks to be back to his former self. Let’s get him a new contract AW!

Right, that was harder than I thought!  I had to go back and watch highlights and the press conference to get my 10 thoughts! The mid week game is not televised so we will not be having a watch party. Be sure to join us Saturday as Arsenal take a trip to Swansea at 11:30am. COME ON ARSENAL!

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September Matchday Trial at The Tavern

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For the month of September 2013, the Austin Gooners will be testing out match watching at The Tavern. Never too far from 12th and Lamar!

Saturday 9/14 @ Sunderland, 9:00am
Wednesday 9/18  @ Marseille, 1:45pm
Sunday 9/22 v Stoke City, 7:30am
Wednesday 9/25 @W.B.A, 2:00pm
Saturday 9/28 @Swansea, 11:30am

Come on out and let us know what you think!

http://www.tavernaustin.com/

922 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78703

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Arsenal v. Tottenham: 10 Random Thoughts – That Was Sweet Edition

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1-0 to The Arsenal. That was exceedingly sweet. But not sweet like, “man, that was too sweet for me, I never want to taste that again.” It was sweet like ambrosia (not that weird fruit salad my Mom used to make).

What a fantastic win, what a fantastic atmosphere, what a fantastic day.

Here are my tend random thoughts:

I said to a friend before the game that I believe Arsenal have the best “team” in the Premier League. We are way to shallow in squad depth, other teams have better players in certain positions, but I think we are overall the best “team” when we have our starting XI.

It was great to see Flamini on the pitch for Arsenal. I think he is going to fit in well.

Thank God Jack wasn’t hurt. And he just had a case of the scoots.

Speaking of Jack, I can’t wait to see him at his best. He’s still pretty flat right now.

Arsene looked like a kid in a candy shop at the end of the game. Steve Bould looked like his cat just died. It was an odd dynamic.

I think Ramsey is going to be Arsenal’s most important player this season. I didn’t say best, I said most important.

Nacho scares the crap out of me. Maybe he just needs a run of games.

What a fantastic team effort. Everybody contributed and played with great energy and enthusiasm.

Szczesny is quietly having a very good early season. Not counting Villa, of course.

Cazorla looks like he plans to grab the PL by the scruff of the neck this season. He’s also shorter than Rosicky, which isn’t easy to do.

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Arsenal v. Fenerbahce: Ten Random Thoughts – Even More Desperate Edition

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Well, that was both good and bad. It was great to see this Arsenal team qualify for the group stages 16 years running, but it would be a massive kick in the balls to lose Podolski, Wilshere and Ramsey for ANY stretch at all.

It kind of makes our desperate situation with players even more desperate – if that’s even possible. Fingers crossed no one is too banjaxed. That would just suck even more.

Here are my ten random thoughts from today’s game:

Ramsey. Yes, I’m singing his plaudits again – from the rooftops.

Cazorla looks back to normal. Fiery. Focused. Determined. Full of rage.

Injuries <sigh>. Last week players couldn’t stop looking like Massive Headwound Harry. This week players are getting Tonya Hardinged (or is it Nancy Kerriganed?).

We play beautiful football. On our day, we are unstoppable.

Nacho makes me nervous. Yes, warm body and all that. But am I the only one that feels this way?

Jack is going to get targeted all season long.  I’ll be surprised if he makes it through the entire season without an extended stint on the treatment table.

Lots of support at the game. Was great to see such a wonderful atmosphere.

Bruno Alves is a dick. It just needed to be said.

Was good to see Ryo on the field. He needs games. Badly.

Podolski. Before his injury, was playing like the Podolski we all want to see. Lots of energy and fight.

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Arsenal v. Fulham: Ten Random Thoughts – Fortress Edition

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Good, solid win. But a thought occurred to me watching Arsenal’s first three games. Are away stadiums going to be our fortress?

Here are my ten random thoughts from today’s game:

I blame the international break for the loss to Villa. Based on how we played today.

Aaron Ramsey. Again. I don’t understand how anyone could be a Ramsey detractor at this stage.

Did Podolski have some coffee this morning? Nice goals and good involvement from him. He might be my MotM (or Cazorla).

Speaking of which…. It was great to see Cazorla shake off whatever malaise was affecting him and play the way we know he can play.

Szczesny can stop some shots. Now if he can get his other shit together.

Arsene Wenger looked like a drowned rat. 

The new Fulham owner looks like that guy from the Doritos or Cheetos commercials from the 70s.

No head wounds! That’s a cause for celebration right there.

Is Jack trying to emulate Scott Parker’s ‘do? He looks like he should be wearing a tux in the 30s.

Nacho looks like a Spanish Peter Crouch. 

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Arsenal v. Fenerbahce: 10 Random Thoughts – Turkish Delight Edition

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Honestly, I’m not exactly sure what Turkish delight even is. It sounds like it’s something that could be yummy, something fun or something completely naughty.

Today’s Turkish delight was downright intoxicating. Clean and crisp. Sharp and purposeful. More please.

Here are ten random thoughts from today’s game:

What’s with all the head (head-related) injuries? That’s four head-related injuries in two games for Arsenal.

Ramsey.  That’s all I’m going to say. Ok, not all. But that’s all I’m going to say about Ramsey.  Ok, one more thing. MotM.

Walcott.  See Ramsey above.

Is Cazorla tired? He seems tired. Do you think he’s tired? Because he seems really tired. I wonder if he has Mono.

Can we get this ref in the PL? It’s not often you say nice things about a ref. these days, but thought he did a nice job.

Szczesny redeemed himself today. Today’s performance exemplifies why he’s our starting keeper. Please do it again.

Will Wenger ever look happy again?  I’m not convinced he will.

Sagna as 3rd CB? I get this feeling Wenger will buy a right back before he buys another CB.

I actually forgot Podolski even entered the game. Did he do anything useful?

What were those kits? 

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Arsenal v. Villa: 10 Random Thoughts – Sarcasm Edition

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Oh my gracious! What an absolutely glorious start to the season for Arsenal! Really, unicorns and rainbows all around! Could it have gone any better?

I could wax on for hours about this impressive game, but I’ll get to the random thoughts quickly:

I hope we get today’s ref. for every Arsenal game. He was top, top class.

Arsenal looked really hungry and driven today. Almost like they know they have the title in hand.

We absolutely don’t need any new signings at all. Nope. None.

Thank God nobody got injured! Not that it really matters since we have such depth in the squad.

Arsene looked completely relaxed. Like he was really enjoying himself.

There was absolutely nothing infuriating about the way we played today.  It was a real joy to watch.

It would be nice if Rosicky tried a little harder, though.  He could take some lessons in ambition from Podolski.

We’re so going to dominate Fenerbahce. I mean, how much more confidence do we need after today’s performance?

It was great to see the Arsenal fans booing Villa’s performance. That is what they were doing, right?

This season is going to be spectacular based on today’s performance!

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