Arsenal fan covers himself in jam after Nicklas Bendtner scores game-winning goal


Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner was an unlikely hero in his team’s win over Cardiff on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has been booed throughout the season as he has struggled to make an impact and mostly finds himself sitting on the bench. With the score tied at 0-0 on New Year’s Day, Bendtner was called upon to provide a spark.

Bendtner entered the match in the 64th minute, which prompted an Arsenal fan to make a regrettable promise on Twitter. James Stokes was so confident Bendtner could not score a goal that he said he would do this:

In the 88th minute, Bendtner netted a goal that eventually turned out to be the game-winner. Stokes tried to back out when Arsenal scored an insurance goal to make it 2-0, but he eventually gave in to his followers and later purchased a jar of jam before posting the photo you see above.

Ironically enough, Dirty Tackle pointed out that this is not the first time this season that a Bendtner goal has resulted in a foreign substance being smeared on the human body. Earlier this year, an Arsenal fan vowed to put toothpaste on his mother’s eyebrows if Bendtner put one past the keeper. Unfortunately for the innocent mother, the fan kept his word.

Never change, soccer fans. Except the ones that throw explosives onto the field and gamble their houses away — you can change a little bit.

Arsenal fan reportedly lost his house in wager, could have won his friend’s wife

ArsenalIn case you need to be reminded, soccer fans do some pretty insane things. Soccer fans who have gambling problems are even more dangerous. Just ask Arsenal fan Henry Dhabasani, who supposedly made a life-altering bet with a friend before the Arsenal-Manchester United game last weekend.

Dhabasani, who is from Uganda, reportedly has three wives and five children. According to The Mirror, he made a bet with his friend Rashid Yiga that Arsenal would beat Manchester United. Man. U won the game 1-0, which reportedly resulted in Dhabasani having to give Yiga his house. Yes, his house. The wager was said to have been put in writing and witnessed by community leaders in the town where the men live.

The Mirror added, via The Ugandan Observer, that a group of Manchester United fans stormed Dhabasani’s house after the game and forced his wives and children to leave. Had Dhabasani won the bet, he would have been entitled to Yiga’s car — a Toyota — and his wife.

Is this story true? All we can do is pray that it is not. We were under the impression that turning $100 into more than $25,000 with a 23-team parlay was an insane sports bet. This alleged wager puts that to shame.

Arsenal Offering Future Trip to Fans Who Witnessed 8-2 Loss to Manchester United

Anyone who hates losing is taking a major risk when they travel to watch their favorite team play. Unless the joy of going on the road is enough for you, the time and effort it takes to attend a road game requires taking a big chance. For those who had to witness Arsenal getting dismantled by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, the risk did not pay off.

Roughly 3,000 Arsenal fans made the trip to Old Trafford to witness a horrendous 8-2 loss.  Realizing that it must have been a brutal and expensive situation for them, the club has offered to cover their cost of travel and ticket to a future Barclay’s Premier League away game.  Now that’s what I call acknowledging commitment.

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie insists the 3,000 fans cheered them on for all 90 minutes despite the horrific performance, inspiring the team to walk over and thank them after the game.  Watching a soccer team lose 8-2 is about the equivalent of watching a football team lose 63-7, and most of us would not be sticking around to witness that.

It’s time for some American teams to adopt this policy, right?  Between travel, air fare, food, time off work, and other factors we can spend up to thousands traveling to support our team.  We should be reimbursed if they lose.  Fair is fair.

H/T to Sports by Brooks Live for the story.