Spreading the fixture congestion and who said Diarra had gone?

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Many thanks to Geoff this morning for handing me the blog when there is nothing to write about. The equivalent allowing me to borrow his car without giving me the keys!

Ermm, what shall we talk about today?

Oh how about Diarra?

The weirdest transfer saga I have encountered in years. No quotes from Pompey, no quotes from Diarra and no quotes for Arsenal, yet the insistence from Sky and other websites that he has in fact been sold? I am still unsure whether Arsenal have the depth to sell him. Denilson is not yet ready to take over the reigns in the event of an injury and Gilberto has been struggling this season. Its a very bad move for a very poorly advised player.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer is the phrase. So metaphorically speaking, in the French side Flamini is his enemy. Makelele wont last much longer in the holding position for France and somone must replace him. Ideally, Diarra thought that position would be his but with the emergence of Flattuso that seemless handover of the reigns is looking in doubt.

If I was advising Diarra I would tell him that if he leaves for an average club, he will be out of the Champions League spot light and will be over shadowed by Flamini who will have no competition for his place at Arsenal. If he stays at Arsenal, waits for Flamini to get injured, wins his place ahead of Flamini with some sterling performances in Prem and Champs league, there will be no doubts in his homeland about who the better player is – becuase both holding midfielders play for the same club.

Will he listen to me? Doubtful, he is greedy, short sighted, characterless cunt.

What is amazing is he left Chelsea because he couldn’t displace the 34 year old Claude Makelele, then moved to Arsenal where he now cannot displace Flamini. What is the boy going to do when he can’t displace Sully Muntari and Bouba Diop (Note to Diarra’s agent… QPR have got some wedge these days!)!?

So, maybe we will be saying good bye to ‘Nicholas Diarra’ today, may you have a long and unsuccessful career you bottler.

Doesn’t it feel like an age between games? Could we not have crammed some of the Christmas games into January… you know… spread the congestion a bit? We played 9 games in December (7 in the Prem) and this month we are playing 8 games with only 4 in the Prem. In 3 of the Cup games we have fielded our reserves! If we’d gone out of the Carling cup and the FA Cup in December and the Start of January respectively, we would only have had 5 games this month – and if we apply the same logic to Feb, we would only be playing 3 games in the Prem and one in the Champions League!

Its amazing that all the managers complain about the congestion, yet no one has suggested we just spread out the fixtures? Why is there a need for a winter break? Is it TV companies that put the pressure on December? Or is it just poor management by the FA? I’ll leave you guys to educate me on that one!

Happy Thursday Grovers!


As I thought would happen, Diarra has come out and made me look a tit saying:

‘My choice will shock and surprise people. Portsmouth; it is not Arsenal and it is not Chelsea. I gave myself to the large clubs,’

‘I know the trainer of Portsmouth and I know that he will play me.’

The question is, will Raymond?

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Transfer madness – Dmitriev, Arshavin, Dimitrov, Caceres and Ayew all tipped to sign!

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Dmitriev is a 17 year old Russian defender so believe it (Nick named the Elephant – Maybe he could play with the Donkey?), Arshavin a 26 year old striker so no way, Dimitrov is the 19 year old Bulgarian winger and Grant is sniffing so a possibility, Caceres is the £10 mil defender from Villa Real so forget it but top tipster from Le Grove ‘Phobia’ and Ayew’s best mate says he’s coming, I believe it and Phobia says he’s the best player Ghana have produced so let’s hope it happens.

He’s a left winger and we need one of those and if he doesn’t work out we finally have someone to blame, Phobia!

Other news says Flamini’s off to Juventus, which I don’t believe and Diarra’s off to Portsmouth, which I do believe, what a twat!

Still as I’ve said before, the boss should wait before selling him just in case Flamini does do the unthinkable.

Bad luck last night with the scousers and spuds both winning but I cannot believe we can play another poor, misfiring game and all will come good starting this weekend and next week in the cup.

As many have said already, we’re not in the bottom three are we?

Onwards upwards Grovers.

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Wenger to field all English team – Walcott to Hammers – Anelka wanted in!

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What a depressing read that was, when Arsene launched Arsenal TV yesterday he talked about Anelka and how Arsenal talked with his representatives to bring him home in the transfer window, yes! Thats right, ‘home’ because that’s where he belongs, but it didn’t happen, I wished he had said nothing, now I know we could have had him and didn’t, I’m even more depressed.

Theo on loan to West Ham? That would be a good move if they played him up top, but at this stage of the season we can’t afford to lose him.
I think he will explode this term, he’s only 18, he only cost us £5 mil and he has more skill than most in the team, I feel it’s only a matter of time. Regardless, the story had no source and if you read some of the comments, the site that wrote the article has been known for its lies.

Fabricio is a young Spanish goalie from Deportivo that we are apparently interested in, even if he is great, why would we do that? Fabianski is what, 22? That would only serve to unsettle him, what we need is a young back up, and we have that in Mannone or a replacement for Almunia, like say, 6 goalGiven, but I think Almunia is good enough.

Djourou got the nod on one blog site from a readers poll and I think that’s Ok but I would like to give Hoyte a run there, I think he could do a great
job and be a future center half on the cheap, he won’t be right back, that’s for sure.

The squad are in for two training sessions this week and after Saturday, that probably makes a lot of sense.

We heard a rumour that WordPress delete sites that use the Arsenal logo so we’ll look into that and if it’s true we’ll put our substitute banner on soon, don’t worry, it’s a good one and was designed by a top London advertising agency, it will be like bringing Robin on for Thierry, not Stepanovs for Adams, and with the new flag waving experience at the Grove, it may be more prudent.

This time of the week is football’s equivalent of the doldrums, not a lot of news but there is still plenty for you Grovers to discuss or to wish for in the comments section. Also, take a look at the ‘random rant‘ section, it has replaced the highly successful guest blogging feature!

I haven’t seen Arsenal TV yet, but I’m reading you can see academy games and the like so I’ll take a peek and let you all know.

Finally Wenger said he intends to go English, now whilst I have been asking for a few Englanders in the team, I don’t want any of them if they aren’t as
good as our foreign kids, but I think the boss means he’ll bring them through the academy, so my guess is he’s talking long term, so Grovers, be patient.

I hope you enjoy the following quote as much as I did.

‘Maybe 80 per cent of the academy are English and 20 per cent are foreign.’

The future looks bright, the future is English. Check out the full article here.

Have a great day and I look forward to some top comments from the webs most articulate site… …and that’s official (another Mori poll before anyone jumps on me).


We’ve also been linked with a £5million bid for Andre Dede Ayew. We couldn’t find any videos of him, so we thought we’d show you what his Dad played like instead!

Could we be onto a winner here? 

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