These new later posts mean I've generally sapped all the news for today, yesterday.
So no post today. Go home people, there's nothing to see.
Hey, that was just a bad joke. There's loads to crack on with, it's Christmas and I love writing so very much.
So, Wenger said he's totally over Demba Ba. One would assume that's because he owns a knee that's failed him a medical at Stoke. I'm not sure what a medical entails up there, but I'm sure there must be an element of cage fighting and keepy up with explosives. Well, when I say keepy up, I'm talking about kicking a hand grenade really high once. Thats all you need. I remember being told Sam Allardyce didn't coach using five aside football at Bolton as it encouraged short passing. He started this Stoke mess. I was looking at Ryan Shawcross stats yesterday compared to Mertesacker. The Big German averaged 90% pass completion over the last 3 games making about 40 passes a game. Shawcross managed 62% against Spurs... from 13 passes! What a shower eh?
Anyway, Ba must be an injury worry. We all moan about Abou, at least he wasn't crocked when we bought him. So we're looking at other middle men. One story that caught the eye is our reported Daily Mail linked interest in Everton's Jelavic. He came down from Rangers for a tiny fee and he's banged goals in quite frequently. He has fantastic technique and great movement, I'm just not sure Everton would feel the need to let him go in a season they're contending Champions league places.
Wenger also reopened the door for Thierry. He is interested, it's just the conversation hasn't cropped up.
Maybe Wenger will only sign him if he fails to land a striker elsewhere? If it's only for 6 games, it's a waste of time for everyone. Nothing more than a PR gimmick.
There's also a weird story about Arsenal trying to use the good deal we gave United for Robin as a bargaining chip for luring Nani.
I'd be pleased if we signed the Portuguese winger, but I doubt we'll be getting him for a bargain. He's absolutely a £20million player. If we could force his best form, he'd be worth every penny. I'm surprised he doesn't get more game time. He's clearly not Ferguson's cup of tea. Whether that's because of ability or his greedy contract demand is up for debate. I can't help but think if given the choice, Arsene would opt for Zaha... cheap, English to the core and 7 years younger.
Pat Rice had been put on the Queens honours list. He's landed an MBE... for, errr... playing football and doing his job? I mean, compared to others, he totally deserves it and I'm thrilled. But jeez, what are these honours about? Do they have one for services to the insurance industry? I find the concept of being honoured by he Royal family for cracking on with life whilst being superbly compensated a bit bizarre.
Today Newcastle come to town for an evening kick off that I sadly can't make. This will be a tough game for both sides. Pardew has been getting stick 24/7 from Sky Sports News after Fergie hammered him for cajoling referees. I wonder what the effect will be today? Especially after losing in an epic to United.
They have some really top players at Newcastle, however, it's all unravelled a bit this year. Pardew has stolen Wenger's gem unearthing strategy and he's pulled through some blinders. He's not too sharp though. He always gets found out in the end and I feel like that's happening now. We need to kick the wee Geordie dog while it's down. We need to play for the home fans this evening and we desperately need a result.
If Theo starts up front again, which I suspect he will, he needs the ball early. We need to give him the service he needs to be effective. That's finding him in the box from low crosses and that's over the top so he can run fast and stuff. He needs to learn to to hold the ball up as well. What he lacks in height, he can make up for in stretching the oppositions defence.
Our back four need to keep things solid. Quite staggering that leaking 18 goals in 17 games gives us the 4th best defence in the league and our best half season defensive total since 07! Not bad going and a clear sign Steve Bould is having an impact on our set up, albeit one that could improve. A clean sheet today would be a great end to the year.
The most important thing today for me is that we play our game. We had less possession against Wigan and a worse pass completion rate. Regardless of the win, that's not good enough against relegation fodder. We need to boss games and we need to show we can dominate play. Once we start failing on our bread and butter, what's left?
Finally, let's end on a high not from Arsene...
"Yes, I will be busy," he confirmed. "I don't feel under pressure to name names because you [the media] find them on your own.
"We have the potential to be in the Champions League with what we have. We are open to strengthening the team, but the difficulty is to find what strengthens us. [You don't always find that with] the players available on the market.
That's legally binding Arsene!
Have a good one people!