Arsenal to sign Englishman, German to leave and Croat prefers spain

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Good afternoon Grovers!

What a boring day its been! Its almost like yesterday didn’t happen? I think everyone accepted yesterday was a nailed on win, so theres not much buzz around the websites with regards to the result.

I thought I’d round up some of this afternoons snippets for you!

Firstly, Arsenal look set to sign Gillingham whizz kid Luke Freeman. Gills boss Mark Stimson had this to say,

‘If my 15-year-old son had the chance to go to Arsenal, even as a Tottenham fan, you couldn’t turn it down.’

Seems pretty certain he is talking to us then! Read more about him here and read the full article here.

Rumours have also resurfaced this afternoon with regards to Jens Lehmann’s future. The Evening Standard reckon he could be loaned out to City for the reamainder of the season, and if some of Wenger’s quotes are to be taken a face value you would have to think a move was on the cards.

Young Bulgarian Dimitrov has been offered a trial with Arsenal, he had this to say to 7 Dni Sport (My favourite Bulgarian Sports station may I add!),

‘Arsenal are a great team, I admire the way they play but I did not even dream to be invited by them.’

The attacker made his professional debut for Levski aged 16 and has scored nine goals in 32 games since then, impressive…

The final bit of gossip is a bit of an anti climax if you thought Eduardo’s buddy Modric was joining us this transfer window. Sadly he had this to say yesterday,

‘I’ve read in papers that Chelsea would sign me and then loan me to Dutch side PSV. That’s nonsense.’

‘I do not know anything about that. But the transfer period is a long one and we will see. My wish was always to move to Spain. I’d like to leave this winter.’

I didn’t like the look of you anyway… and your mates not playing that well anyway!

Lastly, RV to the P has confirmed himself fit for the Super Sunday clash with Chavski United!

“I am fit if the boss picks me – but not 100 percent. I can easily make 60-65 minutes, but after two months out you cannot make 90 minutes.”

Hooray for Robin!

Have a nice evening and make sure you check out Jens Vs Almunia tomorrow!

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Morale boosted as Arsenal prepare for the Drogbaless Wonders!

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I didn’t know I was writing todays blog until about 15 minutes ago, so this won’t be a long one!

It’s pretty tough to take much away from last night’s game. The Romanians were one of the worst teams I have seen play at the Emirates, so to judge anyone based on last nights game would be tough.

Still, we did what was required with an under strength team. If you can just imagine; for the sake of this post, that Bucharest were good I suppose you could say some players really stood out last night. So instead of reviewing the game blow for blow, I’m just going to list the players I thought did well.

Diaby

He has had a rough time this season with some crappy performances and an abundance of injuries, but last night he stuck his long telescopic leg out and latched on onto a Sagna cross, took a touch and then lashed the ball home into the top corner. It was a great bit of skill and a real strikers finish. He had a great game, making some good tackles and going on a few magical runs. He looked like a man full of confidence and was taking every opportunity to have a dig at goal.

My brother said that he would play him instead of Eboue on Sunday, and based on last nights performance I’d have to agree.

Nikki B

I said before the game that if there was anyone I wanted to get a goal, it was the Dane with the big b*****ks. I think he has looked the best of the rest whenever he has been given an opportunity to come on and last night he had a blinder. He was all over the place showing some sublime skill and some great touches. His goal was an inch perfect finish and well deserved. I hope he is on the bench on Sunday because I really fancy him to do something if he comes on this Sunday against the Chav’s

Theo

I was surprised to see Theo start and I was hoping he was going to show us a bit of grit and purpose. I don’t think we were disappointed were we? He was all over the place, terrorising the Romanian defence with his pace… and I’m going to say it… power! There was no getting knocked off the ball for Theo last night despite some heavy challenges from the opposition. He showed flashes of brilliance last night and his pace is phenomoanl! All he needs is a few goals to start justifying his potential!

Song

I’m not the biggest fan. I think he is usually a liability, but I do want Arsenal players to come good, I really do. Last night I will hold my hands up and say the boy done good (Excuse the poor English).

He passed well all night, showed a few cheeky pieces of skill and he didn’t lose the ball every time he came into possession! I think he started the move for the second goal? Well played Song!

Denilson

I was watching Denilson to see if I could work out why he hasn’t been getting games so far this season. I think it has something to do with his power. For a short stocky player he does get knocked off the ball a lot. I didn’t think he shone last night against weak opposition and I was a little disappointed if I’m honest. I’m sure he will come good, but I wouldn’t consider him for Sunday.

PLEASE GET WELL SOON FLAMINI!

RvP

An unexpected start from Robin, but boy did he look sharp! I couldn’t believe how fit he looked, tearing up and down the pitch, bringing people into the game, having shots whenever he could! We’ve missed this man and I am so glad he is back and looking good! If I were a betting man, I’d stick 50p on him to score on Sunday!

Did anyone else feel a bit sorry Jens? He had nothing to do all game and then got done by a flukey header, unlucky Jens!

So in conclusion, it was crappy opposition, but at least we won and morale doesn’t take notice of who you are playing!

I was listening to the Chief Editor of The Times Sports section (Martin Samuel???) talk to Alan Parry this morning (On the radio of course, I wasn’t earwigging on the train or anything…). He reckons Arsenal are clear favourites for Sunday and reckons Chelsea are in trouble without there most prolific performer. I am a little less confident than him, but he writes football articles for a living? He can’t be wrong… surely?

Bring on the Drogbaless wonders!

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Cesc, Hleb, Flamini and Robin all back against Chelsea!

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The Arsenal injury list website says that, Flamini, Diaby and Robin could be ready but he’s not sure about Hleb and Cesc, I think that could well be a smokescreen.

Why on earth would you not play your best team in a ‘must not lose’ game?

If he plays the same team that lost last Sunday, we’ll lose again, simple.

The upside is we have a home game with support and surprise on our side, expect to see all of them have a role.

This is a Wenger ploy, Diarra and Gallas will be up for it big time, I don’t think Gallas played against them at all last season, so added spice there.

Plus we have the ‘hate Cashley Cole factor’ which will electrify the fans, what an atmosphere in store.

So onto tonight, Lehmann in goal followed by a back line of Hoyte, Kolo, Gallas/Senderos and Traore

Midfield of Diaby, Rosicky, Flamini/Gilberto and Diarra with Theo and Bendtner up top.

Subs will be Robin, Hleb (if in the squad) , Denilson, Song and Almunia.

Give Adebayor and Eboue a rest, or is it give us a rest from them!

I expect all the stars to get a run out in preparation for Sunday. He won’t risk them for 90 minutes, but at the same time he won’t risk them against the chavs without a cameo role tonight, to see how the injuries hold up and gauge match fitness, with the exception of Cesc who is out tonight.

A cunning plan is needed and too many times this season Wenger has left key players out and it’s cost us.

We don’t need our best players against Everton or Portsmouth, though I’m not saying they’ll be a cakewalk, but we do need them for the Chelsea game, if we beat them, and it’s been a while, it will give us the gap we need and send out a message to the rest.

We need to win tonight but we need to win on Sunday even more.

We are the only site Wenger reads, and I heard that on good authority, so Arsene, take note, the unofficial-official blog site is begging you to play our first team, after all that’s why we pay them so much.

2 nil or more tonight and then a crushing win against Chelsea on Sunday…

…please!

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