About

I am an avid Arsenal fan from India (presently based in the US). As most Indians of my generation I grew up on a steady diet of Cricket. It was not until 1999 that I was first exposed to football on a regular basis. I first liked Arsenal simply because of their name and the jersey. Well, I had no particular reason to like or dislike any team, so this seemed fair enough.

Interestingly a dislike for Manure ( I didn’t know this name till quite a few years later) developed during the first few months. Perhaps it was because they were the most popular team in India during those days and I have never been able to support the favorites in any sport.

I was so naive that I used to think Arsenal were owned by Arsene Wenger and hence the name. Thankfully though, due to my initial interest in Arsenal, I was able to develop a love for the game itself.Β  As time went by I picked up the nuances of the game better and started enjoying Arsenal for more than just their name and the jersey.

In Arsene Wenger I found the second sports personality that I truly admire and respect (the other being Sachin Tendulkar). Le boss has been an inspiration due to the purity of his vision, clarity of thought, unflinching perseverance and adhrence to principles in the face of scathing criticism from short-sighted individuals with limited comprehension of the beauty and values of the game (in other words – the media).

I also like the Arsenal board for backing Wenger through the years, more so in the recent years when most other clubs are struggling for stability and consistency.Β  Over the last two years I have read a lot of online blogs from Arsenal fans around the world and in a lot of them I can see a similar set of feelings. My Arsenal bond has only grown stronger and this blog is an attempt to connect with them better and express my opinions about the beautiful game and Arsenal in particular.


80 Responses to About

  1. KG says:

    wow .. at last a desi arse blog.
    I was always into football (and cricket too) though, but shared similar confusion regarding AW and Arsenal :P.
    Never heard about Arsenal before the Cable TV revolution in India in late nineties — was well aware of Milan, Barca, Real, Liverpool and Manure but not Gunners.
    Love of football, football of DB10, Henry and Pires endeared Arsenal to me; *THAT* DB10 goal against Argentina also helped in identifying the player/club.

    Once I started working, appreciation of AW’s efforts/loyalty towards Arsenal grew even more.

    One request : stay away from le-gr@ve/goal.com/tribalFootball/[right here, right now mindset football brigade] and its style of writing; also try to avoid the extremely overused footie cliches [its not easy but still i can hope :)].

    No pressure then; Looking forward to your cliche-free posts on Arsenal.
    Be the desi ARSEBLOG.

    • Reasonable Gooner says:

      Hey Desi, the season starts today and was just wondering if you are going to do any pre-match analysis for some of us Arsenal who thoroughly enjoy a sensible Arsenal website thats based on reasonable analysis of the facts and not speculation. i can see the irony as a “pre-match analysis” would be based on speculation to a degree but i think you get where I’m coming from. I genuinely respect your analysis and find it refreshing to read its just just that some of us out there have been waiting to hear your thoughts on some Arsenal preseason match analysis and been disappointed to find that you have no posts. Please post a pre-match before the Aston Villa game today if you can.

      Regards

      The Reasonable Gooner

  2. desigunner says:

    Welcome KG.

    Yeah same here. The loyalty and principles part of AW is unbelievable.

    I normally browse through the rocky news now links (www.rockynewsnow.info) … its well filtered πŸ™‚

    Arseblog is an inspiration… right now I am just a novice. Didnt even know I had to moderate the comments lol hence the delay in moderating yours.

  3. JediKnut says:

    Always a pleasure to find a fellow Indian Gooner!
    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!

  4. desigunner says:

    Welcome JediKnut and Thanks

  5. ArsenalStation says:

    desi, someone posted the links to the United financial reports in the comments section of my financial piece.

    http://www.youshare.com/Guest/ba2fe19510fe90ae.pdf.html

    http://www.youshare.com/Guest/4ff7703a30e4f8c6.pdf.html

    http://www.youshare.com/Guest/956f9874750c5428.pdf.html

  6. gooner ji says:

    Its always a great feeling to find a desi gooner and that also a blogger. Your views are quite similar to my views about Arsenal and Arsene.
    I also started watching Arsenal from the late nineties. Previously my interest in soccer was confined to the world cups and the euros and to some extent indian football. I started watching the premier league as a neutral and within no time I started supporting Arsenal and hating Mancs.
    I wish you all the best and happy blogging. Keep up the good work.

    • desigunner says:

      Thanks GoonerJi. I think all of us are lucky that EPL was televised in India at just the right time and we could see the magic of Arsene and his Gooners.

  7. ashish arora says:

    hi desi gooners,
    guys i have been following goonernews.com for the past 4 years
    and since the past 10 years i have been working a lot in order to study arsene wenger and his philosophy.
    Today on such a auspicious day which i think is a start of a new year for all of arsenal’s fans i would like to congratulations.

    Hey guys if there is some way in which through this website i can contribute to this plz contact me.
    thanx
    ashish arora

  8. aniruddh says:

    I became fascinated wit the Arsenal because of fifa 98 I think, it was a great team and came up first on the epl list so my natural choice as a 10 year old, but since then I have been following arsenal avidly and have been a true gunner since the past nine years. it was the 02/03 season that really made me a all-football fan that is eat, drink, sleep football and not only that arsenal has been the centre of my life ever since

    • desigunner says:

      Welcome Aniruddh. I have tried FIFA a few times and enjoy it for a while. But I am not very good at computer games like some of my other friends.

      Interesting though, as this is the first time I have come across someone who was introduced to Arsenal through the FIFA game πŸ™‚

  9. Mark Ferguson says:

    Hello,

    I have been browsing your site today and I think the articles on your site are excellent.

    My name is Mark Ferguson and I am contacting you about guest blogging on your site.

    I would of course write content that is relevant for your site and all I ask in return is a couple of links in the guest blog back to my sites.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Mark

  10. Raj says:

    Wow you are an utter embarassment.

    Do you actually goto football games, are you from London?

    Do you know anything about Spurs???
    Don’t try and step into a local rivalry you know nothing about, you have no passion for football, you probably just watch internet streams, by a replica shirt and eat popcorn

    Lets see you down the bill nick or the pin or outside the park lane this season and see if you have all that mouth on you

    Seriously the Woolwich and their fans are an embarassment, commonly regarded as the most pathetic, pitiful football “fans” in England but you take it to a new level.
    Spuds, Manure…seriously how sad are you?

    • desigunner says:

      Get well soon! People should develop an anti-spuds vaccine so that children don’t grow up suffering like you did.

  11. jat one gunner says:

    I have the pleasure of owning a season ticket at the arsenal and I have to say their just aint enough desi’s in attendence so its great to find your blog site….in case you guys hadnt seen this, there is a GREAT interview with AW in the Times – fantastic reading!!

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/arsenal/article6795542.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2

    • desigunner says:

      Welcome jat. Nice to know there are some desis with season tickets. That interview was great, had some real insight into the world and mind of AW.

  12. DelhiGooner says:

    Hi desigunner

    Great to have a blog from an Indian Arsenal fan, have been an Arsenal fan since last 9 years and you captured the reason for hating ‘manure’ correctly we hate the already established teams i.e United,Real Madrid,Bayern.

    Arsenal is incresingly becoming a part of my life, whether reading articles on all uk sites and your sire brings another source of info πŸ™‚ , really impressed by the way you have put down the stats…

    3 cheers to Gooners and hopefully the trophies are coming this year…

    Thanks

    • desigunner says:

      Good to have you here DelhiGooner.

  13. Tazz says:

    Hey Gooner
    Awesome to see this Blog. You would be surprised to know that we i.e. 11Gunners (http://11gunners.com/), started around the same time as you did. Intuition perhaps! We unlike you, are based very much in India, and are students with a die-hard passion towards Arsenal FC. The same has driven us every single day for the 9th season running.
    The points you said about Arsene/Arsenal, being Anti-United, and the Beauty of football that the Gunners possess, give me a sense of Deja Vu right now!
    Would love to more about you mate. Do leave us a mail soon.
    Keep Gunning for now..

    • desigunner says:

      Great to have you here Tazz. Will be in touch soon on the email address you provided. 11gunners looks like a great Arsenal portal.

  14. Imran Khan says:

    Excellent Blog, nice to see a Apna Munda writing a Arsenal blog!

    UP THE GUNNERS

    • desigunner says:

      Thanks Imran, it’s good to have you here.

  15. Imran Khan says:

    jat one,

    I see quite a few apney going to matches. I’m a fellow season ticket holder too. Nothing can beat watching a match at Emirates…But I do miss the Old Highbury…

  16. siddhartha says:

    hey guys theres a question precisely for ‘imran khan’ and ‘jat one gunner’ or any1 else who has knowledge of the same…can an indian not residing in england hold an season ticket..as i along with my few gooner friends are planning to visit emirates for a match…but my research shows that it would be easier getting an ticket for a champions league fixture compared to epl…so please correct me if i am wrong…and all possible advise from all sources is surely welcome..
    thanks.
    siddhartha desai.

    • desigunner says:

      Siddhartha,

      I think you will get a better idea by posting on some Arsenal forums. Trust you have already done that.

  17. Trevor says:

    Do you take guest bloggers? I have an article that I’d love to talk with you about.

    • desigunner says:

      Trevor I have replied to you via email

  18. arseblogger says:

    Heh, good to see I inspire quality stuff

    • desigunner says:

      Nice one πŸ™‚ and Thanks.

  19. Sam H says:

    Hi mate, I don’t usually like contacting through a comment out of the blue, but I figured this may be of interest to you?

    Over the next couple of months, FootballUnited.com will be sponsoring some football blogger meetups.

    We have meetups arranged for Birmingham, Manchester and London in February – you can find more details here: http://teamfutd.footballunited.com/football-blogger-meetups/

    Would be quality to get as many people around for these as possible – but we have been asked to limit to 30 spaces so if you can make any of them and are up for it, get your name down quick

    For what it’s worth, we’re picking up the bar tab and there will be football on the telly – can’t really go wrong really!

    On that glorious note, I’ll end!

    Hope to see you there

    Sam
    FootballUnited.com

    • desigunner says:

      Sam,

      Thanks for the information. Right now I am nowhere close to these locations. Will keep an eye out for something in the future.

  20. Great blog – Had the pleasure myself of spending many months in your wonderful country last year.

    Keep up the good work.

    • desigunner says:

      Thanks SH.

  21. there u go desi what about returning to your motherland

    • desigunner says:

      I’ll be here for atleast 4-5 years as mrs. desi has to complete her MD. Haven’t thought about the future beyond that, you never know what changes πŸ™‚

  22. aadil says:

    is this you by any chance?

    I was dying when I saw this. Guy’s dedicated, you gotta give him that.

    • desigunner says:

      Unfortunately, I haven’t had the privilege of going to the Emirates yet. That’s not me but that’s one proper DesiGunner for sure.

  23. Shashi says:

    hey dude.. im also a arsenal fan since last 10 yrs.. ive made a blog for arsenal.. i need sum help designing the header.. can u help me out ? i wud be grateful ..

    • desigunner says:

      Will reply to the email id you have given when entering the comment.

  24. AAscores says:

    hi,desi,really appreciate ur blog.
    Tell us sth about Sachin Tendulkar ,just know he’s an indian cricket star

    • desigunner says:

      Well, I can spend my life talking about him.

      To equate his talent to someone in football I’d compare him with Messi from the current time and Pele and Maradona from previous generations.

      In spite of this the man remains one of the most humble human beings you will come across. The number of records he has broken or created is just staggering. All this in a career spanning over two decades and still going strong.

      Here is what Time magazine is reported to have said about him,

      When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.

      When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.

      It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.

  25. Arun says:

    Hi Desigunner,
    am an Indian gooner here…I have been a fan of Arsenal for around 10 years now…. I am very excited to see an Indian guy coming up with a dedicated blog for the gunners.. Same as you the day I started watching premier league ,I started liking Arsenal …In a country like India where Manchester United FC has got more number of fans,Arsenal has been a revealation in recent times….Hope it continues and one day Arsenal will be the greatest football club in the planet…

    • desigunner says:

      Arun,

      Nice to have you here. I think most of us from India have a similar story πŸ™‚

      And frankly, I think Arsenal are the greatest football club on the planet. We just need some silverware as the finishing touch.

  26. Gtr gooner says:

    Hi desi i became this blog fan when i read your birmingham goal analysis well that tells you that i am quite new here but from then on i have read all your blogs and will keep on coz i am quite like your reading of game. I am also a gooner coz of fifa 05 but i have read a lot about arsenal in last 4 years. I have 2-3 sites from where i get to know all about football world and this is one of them. I feel unlucky that till the time i am a gooner i have not seen arsenal winning anything i hope its not coz of me becoming gooner lol!! . Really looking forward to read your showdown preview of 2nd leg in nou camp. My all friends are of either manure or some other clubs so i feel excited here with my fellow gooners.

    • desigunner says:

      GTR good to have you here. I like to analyze the details and try to do it with images or stats. I’m always happy when people appreciate the details and most people who respond here generally leave insightful comments.

  27. ThatGOoner! says:

    This might as well have been my Arsenal story, since most of the above is ditto how i got to liking the Arsenal and what i feel and felt about them!!!!! Nice to see an Indian Gooner blog!! COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!!!

    p.s I used to think le professeur..owned the club when i was 12 xD!! Im 20 now!! =p C’mon!! That name cant be a coincidence!!! xD

    • desigunner says:

      Most of us from India have a similar story, although some of the younger ones might not have seen the team win.

      It’s providence not coincidence πŸ˜›

  28. Ahmad says:

    my story is similar to yours! =)
    jx add da fact dat i started luvin soccer cuz ov Fifa 98!
    m from pak n realy admire ur work! =)
    keep up da gud work mate! =)

    Arsenal connects US!

    • desigunner says:

      It’s great that sport and Arsenal can bring us together. I remember watching India-Pak cricket matches and some of the people were really fired up in a negative sense.

      Hopefully the politics will get cleaned up some day. Ordinary people like us deserve better.

      • Ahmad says:

        Hopefully man! =)=)

  29. nutcracker says:

    Desi,

    I’m sure of gunners from India would relate to your story. My love for football started after the 94 World Cup, where I first saw the genius that was Dennis Bergkamp. Some time later, I heard that he had signed for Arsenal. I’m not sure where I watched my first Arsenal game, but something clicked and before I knew it I was a gooner for life. After that I couldn’t care less about cricket or anything else for that matter. I rejoiced when we won, I cried when we lost. I stayed up late for Champions league games and turned up bleary eyed for work, but nothing was too much in order to watch The Arsenal.

    I have often thought of starting a blog, but I knew that I would never be able to dedicate my full attention to it. I’m glad you have created this blog and are doing a brilliant job judging from your posts. Keep up the good work mate and don’t let the doubters get you down.

    An Indian living in America, supporting a “soccer” club in England. What are the odds?

    • desigunner says:

      Thanks NC and good to have you here.

      I guess there are quite a few desi “football” fans in the US. Some of them visit this blog quite regularly. I think the number is on the rise and hopefully we will see some improvement in Indian football as more and more people get interested.

  30. JediKnut says:

    Anyone here from London? I’m in Mumbai but will be visiting london later this month… Will be taking in a Stadium Tour & hoping to watch the Slovenia-England match in a pub!

    • desigunner says:

      Not many will read the about page regularly as it’s not updated. You might get a better response if you post the comment in the latest blog post.

  31. munawwar says:

    i just started reading you articles. i am sure you know about the American who loves arsenal. http://www.7amkickoff.com. i thought i would mention him as he is from us. and you are also. i have been reading his blogs also. its great ofcourse to have an indian who loves arsenal. the list is growing.

    are you on twitter, facebook?

    • desigunner says:

      Yes I read 7amKickOff regularly, but we are quite far apart geographically, almost like being in different countries.

      I’m not on twitter or facebook. Will update the sidebar once I figure out what to do about that.

  32. munawwar says:

    your*!

  33. Furovich says:

    Kaise Ho!
    Nice site you’ve got here. Go The Arsenal!

    • desigunner says:

      Arre badhiya ekdum! Aap batao? And thanks πŸ™‚

  34. Amir says:

    Hi there,
    You have an excellent blog about Arsenal, which after Lazio is my second favorite team!
    If you would like to exchange links, I would be glad.
    Let me know,
    Amir,
    LazioFanBlog.com

  35. Hi, nice to meet you !

  36. Nischit says:

    desi, just outta curiosity, why is the timezone on your website set to european time?

    • desigunner says:

      It’s Arsenal Std Time πŸ˜€

  37. One of the best Arsenal blogs out there. Kudos and keep it up, desi.

  38. David says:

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you could please tell me if it is possible to buy a link on your blog and how much it costs?

    I am looking to improve the rankings of my website and the exposure. I have been looking for the some of the best football blogs online and I came across your site. You have some excellent articles and you keep the site regularly updated so I feel your site would be a good place for my link.

    I hope to hear from you soon and hope we can come to an agreement.

    Regards,

    David

  39. Nikhil Stephen says:

    UNbeleivable, my story is the exact copy of yours, only fast fwd it another 5 years πŸ˜€ and thanks to a best friend who was a die hard Arsenal fan, i wasnt ever short on Arsenal facts and trivia πŸ™‚
    Cheers mate, really like the way you write!! you really know how to hit the nail on the head!!

  40. G4Life says:

    Same story here..actually got to see Arsenal at Highbury…Berkgamp and Ian Wright..never looked back…

  41. aps says:

    Great to see another Arsenal fan in the states, let alone a fellow Desi. But dude…never been to Emirates???? That my friend is a travesty. I remember back in the day, when I was a youngin – we would take the redeye to London, catch the match, go out all night and crash on the plane ride back.

    Get ye to North End my friend!

  42. Toba says:

    I became an Arsenal fan about 1998/99 simply because of Dennis Bergkamp in a game where he edged out a right full back and headed straight for the net. I am a Nigeria just getting to know you are an Indian thus having hope of the extent of Arsenal’s supportership. Keep up the good work

  43. Adedeji says:

    Love your blog.

  44. AB says:

    Desi Gunner, you are truly an inspiration, I’m a desi myself, and writer, just for fun mostly on Arsenal for some blogs, love your insights, and the effort you put into blogs, unbelievable! You’re like the Indian, Swiss ramble – lite in terms of attention and dedication to content.

    Love you man! inspiration!

    PS: Do you do this full time mate?

  45. Aussie Jack says:

    Been reading your contributions for some time now Desi and I`m in shock to hear you took to football, and especially Arsenal, as recently as 1999. Your knowledge and technical insight is truly amazing , you must have an incredible information network.
    My knowledge of the game comes from being a humble spectator (and player) for the last sixty odd years and it is so up lifting to read articles by someone so dedicated and knowledgable.

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  52. Balajee Asokan says:

    And well Desi Gunner, your blog has become my football punditry in terms of the tactical side of the game. Interesting to see that there are many similarities & thought process between you & me.

    1. Liking for Arsenal begun for me with its jersey color (initially in 2002 I was often confused with the Arsenal jersey & Ajax jersey & used to dislike the team during their away games)
    2. And thinking Arsene as the owner like most of my fellow gunners.

  53. zangi says:

    Desi, why haven’t you written anything on our matches in October, November and December?

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