Wonder kid in potential wonder kid out?

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First of all a Happy New Year to all you Grovers, let’s hope we can win the league in our debut blogging season!

The story of Dani Parejo (Real Madrid) is getting stronger on the rumour mill but with a £10 million buy out clause I really can’t see it, though he did buy Theo for a lot of money.

Matthew Connolly going to QPR (rumour) upsets me as I was told he is the next John Terry, it’s the bit that does frustrate me, we seem to fight hard to keep the overseas kids, Merida, Vela and Song for instance but we don’t with the young English talent like Bentley, Upson and Sidwell.

Now for anyone who wants to start calling me a heretic for not agreeing with all things Arsenal please read no further and go to arsenal.com immediately, you’ll be much happier there and you’ll like what they say.

I happen to feel that all those English kids could have blossomed in our team, and yes I know Upson was injury prone, but so is Robin and Bentley was want away but so was Flamini, and Flamini was awful when he first came to Arsenal, let’s not forget.

Anyway it seems that Eduardo will start today so that must mean our favoured 4-4-2 with Ade up top as I believe Bendtner is suspended.

Hoyte comes in for Sagna and I guess Eboue is in for Hleb, though I would rather see Theo out wide.

I think an early goal is what we’ll be looking for and our passing game will return as we play on a football pitch and not a pasture like at Everton.

Some good supportive comments yesterday Grovers, but as today is match day it will probably be a little quiet, but we post regardless, let’s hope tomorrow we have something to crow about.

I think we will and 3 nil seems about right.

Easier in January?

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Ok, so December was tough, we all knew it would be, but January looks like a welcome break from the nail biters of late.
With West Ham, Birmingham, Newcastle at home and Fulham away in the premier league, it’s not too bad, in theory that’s 12 points or it should be if we are to win the league.

We’ll soon lose Kolo and Eboue, but it’s not for long, something like the 7th of Jan to the 10th of February and that’s only if Ivory Coast go all the way. We don’t get what I would call a hard one until March 22nd – away to the chavs, so I think we’ll manage with Djourou and big Phil.

West Ham are probably the toughest test so I would expect the side that finished against Everton to start tomorrow, plus Eduardo or Theo as the 11th man.

Wenger is beginning to smell blood, so I expect him to go for it from the off, so my guess is 4-4-2, he probably guesses that West Ham will start with Cole or Ashton alone up front, so will want to try and get an early lead.

I thought about a non contentious headline to appease other blogs, I hope you like it.

Happy New year!

Are you a sheep or an Arsenal fan?

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I get really fed up when some articles I read says things like ‘we’re now top but after the Pompey game you would think we were bottom listening to some supporters’.

I have to say some blogs think it’s unthinkable to criticise the team when they play badly, we don’t, if a surgeon has a bad day, the patient dies, if a fighter pilot has a bad day, he dies, so when you see salaries of between £50 and £110k a week paid to our team week, and they play like a pub team, we the supporters are allowed to get pissed off when we don’t win.

If I was a Derby County fan fair enough, they are not good enough and they don’t get paid as much, but we are and we do, so if we want to moan, we can.

Work out the ratio to what you the fans earn and how much it costs per game, and that should include food, drink and the cost to get to each game, then you’ll see you have the right to comment, you paid for it.

Players even get their food paid for, when was the last time your company paid for your lunch or dinner, Christmas I bet.

So my point is, I don’t begrudge what my team earns or eats or even how many days a week they work, but if they have a bad day at the office, we all have the right to be a little fed up, and that my friends doesn’t make us heretics.

Having an opinion stops you being a sheep, that’s all.

Onto football matters, it’s now common knowledge that we beat Everton by employing the long ball, which in my book is plan ‘C’ with 4-5-1 plan ‘A’ and 4-4-2 plan ‘B’ so I was delighted that we scored 4 away and at the ‘Home of the Bullies’

If we can mix some of all the previous plans at certain games, we can beat any team on the day.

By that I mean if we start say 4-5-1 and it’s not working, why can’t we just adapt another formation when needed and drift back if we need to?

We decided to show you a clip of Samir Nasri to give you as taste of what could be coming our way next year, enjoy!

West Ham tomorrow and revenge for our only defeat at the Grove.

Happy New Year to all.