Arsenal risking Jet-Lag on Norwich trip!

This is one of the weirdest bits of Arsenal news this week. It has been revealed that the Gunners have decided to risk getting jet-lag this weekend by taking a plane from Luton Airport to Norfolk ahead of this Premier League fixture, and it may affect our players co-ordination in the match. No, but seriously…..

The flight is set to last all of 14 minutes according to the red-top the Sun, who are coming over all indignant over it. I should think it would take a lot longer trying to squash their hand luggage into the overhead compartments, never mind going through visa control to get out of London!

A spokesperson, Ella Gilbert, for some group that no-ones ever heard of, Plane Stupid, has been quoted as saying: “Having lived in Norwich and Finsbury Park, I can tell you this is a distance that you can do in two hours by train, without fuelling climate change. This is ridiculous.

“I’m a life-long Gooner so I’m used to being occasionally embarrassed by my team, but I prefer them to wait until after kick-off before humiliating their supporters.”

“Don’t fly to Norwich, the Canaries aren’t worth it.”

Did you see what she did there? Canaries (Norwich) compared to canaries (birds)?

Okay so a train journey may only take a couple of hours, but when you think how many flights Arsenal take every month, I think that this one will do a lot less damage to the environment than most of their journeys. Maybe after the Sunderland game next weekend maybe they could leave straight away to get the EuroTunnel train across to Europe and spend three days getting to Athens?

I personally can totally understand why Wenger could have an aversion to catching trains back from matches, especially after the scenes that happened at Stoke Station not long ago, but to risk jetlag from a 14 minute journey is pushing the boat out (Geddit!)

And to be honest, you know if Arsenal took the coach they would be delayed behind a few tractors on those one-lane roads in Norfolk, so it is a lot safer to fly. Anyway, Wenger has quite clearly given the reasons for flying. He said: “We will fly to Norwich on Saturday night after having dinner at the training ground.

“When we made the decision there was some road work planned. Sometimes the access to Norwich is difficult. So we decided to fly. We do not fly a lot any more. We take a train or coach. This is an exception.”

I am all for doing your bit to save the environment, but if you really want to do something about it then try and get the amount of Champions League fixtures reduced, or better still, ban the Europa League altogether! How many millions of air miles would that save the world….

I’m used to being embarrassed by some Arsenal supporters after a game, but to complain about the way they get to the match is just too much. Get a grip!

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  1. Greg says:

    Lets be positive on this! 3 priceless away points tomorrow at norwich! Can we do it? Yes we can! Coyg!

  2. goonthinker says:

    hey guys i dont know whether it was a dream or reality that we had agreed a loan deal for layvin kurzawa until the end of the season due to lack of first team opportunities.Somebody please pinch me coz am goin nuts

  3. Twig says:

    If a 14 minute flight to Norwich would cause a jet lag, Sanchez, Ospina and Campbell will be on life support after the international break!

  4. G-Rude says:

    I think this article wa a bit tongue in cheek, but if I was Wenger I’d use the private jet to fly to all away games on the night before. It will have the players fresher than a long coach journey to somewhere like Newcastle.

  5. Trevor says:

    I took part in a poll to say who you believe was man of the match v Zagreb and am amazed that Alexis did not win it. Assisting the opener with an easier to miss set ball and then bagging a brace. Ozil got the poll but if stats where reversed I would put money on Ozil still winning the poll. Don’t like when people just vote for their favs.

    Seen another poll where we had to pick who we believe is AFCs most important player, I have no doubt that people will take that to mean who is their favorite performer. I think it is obviously between Cech Koscielny Coquelin Alexis and Mesut, some might say what of Bellerin Monreal Cazorla and Ramsey Giroud/Theo. The reason for me is because the question should have some thought going into which one of our current players would be missed most of all if it had to happen, our most important player would be the one we have no substitute (not literal) for or ulterior/make do plan for when being sidelined.

    Of the five for me it is between Cech Coquelin and Alexis, the reason I did not say Ozil is because if we have a full squad minus Ozil I believe we would still create allot of chances ..although not of his calibre. And of the three the one which I would least likely want to make do without’s tough but I would say Alexis, he gives you everything a footballer can give.

  6. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    A jet-lag excuse will not be accepted by Gooners as a reason for not collecting all the 3 points that are going to be at stake tomorrow. The Gunners must collect those 3 points in full from the Canaries at Carrow Road – Norwhic City, without any precondition.

  7. Trevor says:

    It was very close between the three but especially between Cech and Alexis, for me anyhow. Cheers.

  8. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Surely there must be something else worth moaning about?
    The real reason for the flight is because it rejuvenates Sanchez’s energy levels ??
    (He is the opposite of Dennis Bergkamp ✈)

    I read a funnier story yesterday, Bellerin was saying that we don’t need any new signings ? Even with Coquelin out for 3 month’s!… But at the same time he did say that he would welcome any new arrivals to the club ?

  9. kamn288 says:

    Arsene may have planned for the upcoming fixture list which is again more away games and the West from one should have been won by the team. Now it it is time to finish the match as quickly as possible before half-time and then hope in another 3 weeks 2-3 players can comeback.

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