News could be described as thin on the ground this morning, so I’ll go over some of yesterday’s stuff. First up, Kieran Richardson being linked to the club didn’t exactly fill me with joy. The left winger is English, which gives the story the at least a tiny bit of credence. I’m not sure why we’d be interested in his wing ability. His stats are pretty dismal, 2 assists and 4 goals is about as good as it gets for the ex-United wide man.
It was suggested in the comments yesterday that he could be seen as one of Arsene’s positional projects. Possibly, he could be converted into a full back for a period of time. He certainly has the pace to manage that transition and he’s played there for both United and Sunderland. He’d also fit into the quota system…
What other choice do we have right now? What is our scouting network up to? Has Giles Grimantube got a plan up his sleeve… does he know about the British market or does he have a darstardly plan?
Arsenal are apparently so desperate for a left back we’re looking at a player called Saad Al-Mukhaini from Oman’s second division. I wouldn’t normally print a rumour so absurd, but it comes from The Times. Honestly, wouldn’t we be better off signing someone from the Championship? Surely signing a player from a League not even the greatest football nerd could call a team from is a taking things too far…
F*ck it… I’ll play. I can take a sabbatical, I’m sure work wouldn’t miss me.
I watched part of the City vs Liverpool game. Pepe Reina dropped a clanger, which made me feel better about what Szczesny did the other night. Liverpool were absolute dross. Considering their hefty outlay in the summer, which was questionable bar the ambition, Kenny has overseen a total flop so far. City played out a 3-0 win in typically dull fashion.
Wenger came out with yet another defence of Andrey Arshavin saying that he knew he had quality.
“I knew he would suffer a bit physically, but Andrey has that quality that at any moment in the game he can give you a ball to score, and that’s what he did. We know he can be sharper than he was on Saturday but that is linked to the fact I do not play him enough.”
I’m not sure Arshavin pottering round the field like he’s trying to remember his shopping is linked to a lack of playing time. I think it’s more down to a lack of motivation. Wenger continually sticking up for players who can’t be assed seems counter productive. I’m not sure playing a younger hungrier winger would do the trick, I still think Andrey would be non-plussed about it. He is a wasted talent. For me, he could have been Bergkamp-esque for us such was his magic. Sadly, he’ll go on the wasted pile. I’m sure some will remember him fondly, most won’t… that’s a shame. A player with a personal website as craptastically amazing as his one deserves higher status.
A player I think we’ll one day remember as a thoroughly good egg is Coquelin. The diminutive midfielder certainly has that fighting spirit we adore. He also has some pretty fancy tricks and flicks I wasn’t aware of until he showcased them against Fulham. Once he bulks up and gets a few games under his belt, he’ll be a hell of a player. My only worry for him is that due to his versatility, he might not find a steady role in the team for a few years. That was a fate Flamini suffered, it nearly drove him out the club, then when he found his role, he was so miffed, he didn’t sign on (part of the reason, the other being Wenger trying to shift him off to hell).
Update: He’s signed up to a new deal according to L’Equipe.
In transfer news, Podolski is apparently stalling on a new deal. That could be good news for us if we were to move for him in January. That scenario doubtful as the German will rightfully want to continue his stunning form for his club until the Euro’s. The worry is that he’ll continue to play well, then have a good Euro’s, then be priced out of our range.
Volcheck Chesney had his say on the Fulham game…
“There was probably some tired legs but I think probably we should have kept the concentration and kept the focus and we would have been fine,”
“I would imagine it was a very childish performance in the end from us. I thought for 85 minutes we defended really well with 11 men and they never looked like scoring.”
Just to clear a few things up here.
1) Sure the legs were tired, but that’s no excuse. We’ve played 31 competitive games this year, Fulham have played 35.
2) Fulham were causing us bother from start to finish. Especially in the second half. As the keeper who had to make multiple good saves from their forward movements, you should know this.
3) You are right, it was childish to throw away a 2 goal lead against Fulham with 5 minutes to play.
Thierry Henry won’t be available to play for the reserves. Apparently his paper work has been held up. I’m not sure if he’ll be available for the Leeds game on Monday. If I were Arsenal, I think I’d make that announcement pretty sharpish. That could be the difference between a capacity crowd and a White Hart Lane type turn out.
Finally… Joey Barton gave us all a laugh when he suggested legal action was a good idea if a player play acts to fool a referee into a sending off.
Pretty amusing considering he’s been known to indulge in the dark art himself… just ask Gervinho. Being the leader of a campaign to make the game fairer only when you’ve been wronged yourself is pretty weak if I’m honest. Perhaps he should take his ideas further than 140 characters if he wants to be taken more seriously than the laughable Wikipedia supported pseudo-intellectual character he’s created for himself.
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That’s all I have for you. Have a great day.