Gilberto wants to stay, Diarra wanted to be dropped.

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So Diarra asked to be dropped as his head wasn’t right for the spuds game??? Can you imagine saying to your boss, ‘my head isn’t right can I have the week off and keep my £30k a week salary? It’s unbelievable!

Gilberto wants to stay and fight and although I’m not too fussed, it’s admirable and it’s the Arsenal way, so well done Bertie.

Denilson is looking to break into the National side and he wants Dunga to see that him and Gilberto work, what the fuck is he smoking?

Did he not watch the Spurs game again? I did, almost every time he had the ball, he gave it away, if these guys can’t see that for most of that game they were rubbish, then we’re in big trouble for the replay.

Emperor’s clothes I think.

Gallas says it’s in our hands this season and he’s right.

Robin is a crock so we need to get someone in to play the 9 months of the year when he’s injured, sorry Robin, but it’s true.

Center back situation calls for Hoyte to show why he could do a Kolo and become our third center back.

Not a lot else happening Grovers until the pre match blog tomorrow.

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Sneak peak at Diarra’s future training facilities – Theo shoulders responsibility – Lehmann tribute

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So Diarra managed to sulk his way out of the squad last night. Wenger apparently said on ATVO that only Jen’s would be able to leave the club this window, so a move to Newcastle is looking increasingly unlikely unless Wenger lets him leave on loan. If you’re reading this Diarra, take a look at the inferior facilities on offer at Newcastle.

Newcastle training facilities
Even the Coach couldn’t believe how small the goals were.

You won’t get it better than you have it at Arsenal Diarra, ask Lupoli, PV04, TH14, Pires, Overmars, Petit and Glen Helder. The fans have taken to you but it won’t last long if you keep up the sulk. Show some grit and make this move work!

Off the tedium that is transfer exit talk and onto the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi finals!

My pre match Thoughts (I hope this doesn’t make me look too silly!)

I am writing this well before kick off (1745 if your reading this boss, I start at 0800). I am nervous because we have a weakened back 4. What is making me more nervous is that this weakened back four is the back four we will be playing in the Premiership when Monsieur Gallas injures himself in the next two weeks (Come on guys, you know it will happen!). However, I am predicting a resurgent Senderos. The pressure is slightly off as it is the Carling cup and if they keep a clean sheet and put in a good performance against two of the deadliest strikers in the Prem it will boost their confidence massively.

I am also worried Wenger is going to play Denilson and Gilberto in centre midfield, which is an improvement on Diarra and Gilberto, but I would like to see Diaby in his true position.

Match Review (Brief as usual Grovers!)

So I says to the the kebab man, ‘listen up fucko, if you delivered, you’d earn more dough!’… He said, ‘There is no market for it; eat up and fuck off!’… I retorted, ‘Fuck you kebab man, your business acumen is poor and your kebabs; though tasty are derived from dog meat!’… ‘Sorry…Oh, I’ll have it wrapped!’.

Its what happened, I swear!

Anyway, onto Arsenal stuff…

Our reserves against their first team. My Spud mate asked how we could call that team a reserve team. I said that’s how much depth we have and it was true! There weren’t many first teamers on show last night.

So in summation.

Big Phil had a shocker (Bar his humorous flick out of his ass to knock Berbabtov over which resulted in a free kick just outside the box), JD got injured but didn’t play to well. Bendtner was non existent all game, but that was due to the lack of creativity in midfield (Denilson was quiet). Traore was much better than he was at the weekend. Fabianski played very well, making some a couple of great saves. Theo played well but lacked a strikers instinct until he cleverly shouldered the ball in (England call up Fabio) for our equaliser, Hoyte played well (England call up Fabio?), Sagna looked powerful at CB, Eduardo looked like he set up the goal and it looked to me like the Arsenal reserves pulled off a draw against one of the best attacking units in the Prem, oh and Fabio got busted by Sky picking his nose… gross.

One of my Spud mates said to me after the game they should have won 3-0, then when I asked him to tell me why he couldn’t answer. Sure, Spurs carved us open at will during the game, but they didn’t test the keeper to many times.

So well played to the second string, you were great.

Remember chaps, that was a reserve team out there against a side that many people predicted would finish in the top 4. To get a draw after going a goal down is a great achievement.

If there are any people out there that think Arsene is going to field a stronger side in the next leg, think on!

“No, we have made decisions that will stand for the second leg. I am convinced we can do it”

Jen’s appears to be off, once again… Jen’s, we loved you and will never forget that save from Ole Gunnar.

Good luck old boy!

So onward and upwards! I just want to make a quick point before I fuck off to work… Who do Spurs have in their team who would get into the England team now? No one… Hoyte and Walcott have more chance than Defoe (Nice hair cut + nice miss), Dawson, Robinson, King, Danny Zucko (I mean Jenas) and Bent because they are all shite… Fuck buying English if that’s what it gets you… Read this if my point needs any more clarification that buying English is generally an expensive and bad idea.

Happy Wednesday Grovers, and remember to post your suggestions for Le Chump (Jermaine Jenas’s stylist?) and Le Champ (Jermain Defoe for spooning that shot?) of the week in the comments section!


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We could have had Berbatov but opted for Eduardo the Fox, official!

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Arsene Wenger has now publicly stated he looked at Berbatov before the Spuds signed him but always wanted Eduardo, 14 starts and 11 goals, he says you can’t argue with that and you can’t, well done boss, great signing.

Berbatov has all the silky skills of a Thierry but isn’t as prolific a goal scorer, how many games did we dominate without scoring like West Ham last year? That one was 29 shots, no goals, Eduardo only needs one chance and it’s game over.

With the ‘demolition Dane‘ and Eduardo ‘the Fox’ beginning to form a deadly duo partnership, tonight looks good for the boys in red and white.

Also with Boy wonder and Theo coming on from the bench we have plenty of goals in us.

Midfield should see Diarra (Not if this is to be believed), Diaby and one of Cesc, Gilberto or Flamini with Hleb out wide and a back four of Hoyte, Djourou, Senderos and Traore to hold them back and Fabulous Fabianski in goal, promising to do the business tonight.

My only concern is do we have enough at the back? We’ll soon find out I guess.

Make no mistake, the spuds will be up for it from the off, with Ledley King back in defence they’ll be tough and don’t forget it may well be their only chance for glory tonight.

Pedro has introduced a ‘le chump’ and a ‘le champ section’ it’s on the blog so please take a look, and e-mail or post your suggestions!

Racist pencil dicks are not invited so any morons looking in, understand we’ll get your IP address and pass you on to the boys in blue, you are NOT WELCOME on Le Grove.

Cracking days blogging yesterday Grovers, but no one answered my question (save big Johan) about the team tonight, so feel free.

Finally people, remember you will always get the odd Pratt trying to cause trouble on your site, to get bent out of shape merely fuels them, so, should we get any in the future, try and ignore them, we’ll sort them out and they will get fed up without an audience, a bit like a petulant stupid child vying for attention from it’s even more stupid parent.

Have a great day, enjoy the new toys on the site and revel in the tonking we’re about to hand out to the scum up the road.

3-1, I reckon, with Robin and Theo to do something special.

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