Van Persie and Villa to lead the line next term.

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I have said for some time now that Ade will be an Arsenal player next season but last night I had a doubt, that doubt was the £24 million bid from Barcelona, if it’s true. I think Ade’s head could be turned and with the emergence of Villa as a world class star and Robin hitting form, I could see Arsene thinking, could this be the dream ticket?

I think it could be, and it would make Cesc happy, and a happy cesc means a long term Cesc, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something happening there.

I know he dashed our hopes yesterday with the ‘Kompany isn’t coming’ bit, and ‘I’m happy with my shit defence’ but I think there is a sting in the tail of his signings this season, and I think it will be of Bergkampesque proportions.

I want Ade to stay, but I would like to see Villa and Robin together, I think they would be awesome and better than Torres and Villa, and probably better than Ade and Robin.

There may also be some Ribery for Hleb action but we’ll have to wait and see, or maybe Podolski for Hleb, who knows?

After seeing Benzema and all the other transfer hopefuls, I’m glad we’re not going after them, I think what we have is better, I really do and if Barazite can step up, maybe that’s our winger, Theo and Vela can that’s for sure.

Defence still worries me, Gallas is on his way down, Phil, love him as I do, always has that screw up in him and that will cost us, I think Wenger has to admit he was wrong and move on, bring in Richards, but he won’t so I don’t know why I said it, sorry.

I have to say the only players that have really impressed me at the Euros have been our own, plus Buffon and Villa, the German centerbacks I’ve been championing didn’t do much, not that it matters as were not signing anyone there, so again, sorry I brought it up.

Expect Nasri in an Arsenal shirt this week and before anyone says why? he didn’t feature for France, remember nor did Clichy, Flamini or Sagna (I know he was injured) so that means nothing, I expect him (Nasri) to be a big star next season.

Not a lot to say until the next recruit comes bounding through the door. Have a great day today and enjoy the Cesc and Villa show (sponsored by Nike) later today.

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When do you say enough is enough?

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Good morning Grovers!

Today’s topic of discussion is something that has been bothering me and a number of the Grovers for a while.

Injuries!

We have a widget in the side bar called Le List, it started out as a joke to highlight how injury prone Gallas was… I gave him the Presidency in fact… but then I had to give it to RvP, then Rosicky, then Diaby… then Theo started trying to get on there, Denilson had a crack… oh, and don’t get me started on Djourrou… I thought he’d passed away at one point in the season!

Without doubt, we are one of the most injury prone teams in the league. Which is surprising as we are one of the youngest teams in the league?

Legend has it that this is the view when you peek into the Arsenal medical room…

So are the injuries down to Wenger blooding the kids too young? Did Mr Lewin make the physio room a little too much fun? Or is it just plain bad luck?

I don’t really have the answer, but one thing is for sure… we know who the culprits are.

So next season, if we don’t do as well as we’d hoped, I would like to think injuries will not be on the blame list. After all, it seems shocking that ManU can keep Giggs (Age: 34, 41 app) and Scholes (Age: 33, 34 app) fit most of the season and our bunch of kids can’t keep out of the medical room?

Maybe last season can be put down to bad luck, but if the same problem occurs next year with the same problem players… we have no excuses.

Arsene has a history of ruthlessness. Pires, Petit, Edu, Paddy and Freddie got pushed out due to injury or the increased possibility of injury… Would Wenger be ruthless enough to push some of the kids out in the same fashion? Perhaps like Jose did with Robben (Age: 24, 28 app)…?

My biggest worry is Diaby (Age: 22, 28 app). He is due to takeover in the middle (rumoured) and he has to stay fit for 40 games, does anyone believe that is possible? How about Rosicky (Age: 27, 24 app)? He is now not going to make the start of the season, do we cut our losses now? What about if RvP (Age: 24, 20 app) comes back from the Euro’s injured…? When do Arsenal say enough is enough?

It is rare that I post without a definitive solution but all I know is that I don’t want to hear the same tired excuses next year. We have the best starting 11 in the Premiership, but that is no good when you only play that team 3 times a year.

If you don’t agree with what I have said above, I’ll leave you with the appearance list from the invincibles season.

  • Thierry Henry 51
  • Robert Pires 50
  • Sol Campbell 50
  • Freddie 40
  • Kolo Toure 55
  • Ashley Col 47
  • PV04 46
  • Gilberto 45

Maybe if we can replicate those sort of fitness levels this season… we could be on for a very special year!

Let me know what you think in the comments section!

*All stats are based on last years figures

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At last the signing we’ve all been waiting for!It’s…

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Yes, you guessed it Grovers, Arsenal looked to have won the race for Plymouth Argyle’s 15 year old Aaron Spear!

The next Wayne Rooney apparently…

Fantastic news to start the week with, I know you’ve all been sweating on this one, hot on the heels of Cardiff centre back ‘Rambo’ Ramsey, Wenger’s gone and done it again! There’s a song there!

At this rate we look to have the league title sown up by 2018, not long to wait, but bad luck for any of you in your forties, you may not live long enough to see it.

Yes I am being a little facetious, but with Rui Fonte looking like he won’t be staying and Van Den Berg already on his way it does get a little tiresome signing all these kids that never go on and make it. You can be patient if it happens, but all this hope and then it doesn’t is a tad boring.

Having to read that Bentley is demanding European football probably means he’ll become a chav or a spud and he’s only 23 but he could have and should have been an Arsenal star, he wasn’t potential, he was good, yes I know he had an ego, but so did Henry and look what he did for us.

I still think we have enough in the squad to make an impact but this relentless stream of youngsters that never make it, to me is getting pointless, if we saved the salaries and transfers costs of say 4 of them and bought an established star, it would probably cost the same.

We have more than enough forwards, though you may want to swap one for Benzema or Villa, we have more than enough midfield players though again you may want to bring in an out and out winger, we even have enough defensive midfielders given we have Song, Gilberto and Djourou there, but we may wish to swap one and bring in a YaYa a Barry or a Veloso, but whatever your view we are woefully short of class at centerback.

You see it, the press see it and we see it, unfortunately the boss doesn’t. I said yesterday we need a Richards or a Lescott, we still do today, they’re English so Wenger could and should move now, before the Euro’s end and the big spenders start to make their moves afterwards.

I really feel that’s all we need to win all before us, regardless of what Scolari and his Russian billions do, sign them now before the pre season begins, Richards is a Gooner, he’ll team up with Kolo and be unstoppable, do it now, today, before someone like Rednose buys him to replace ‘Deliverance’ star Gary Neville.

(After he interfered with Ramsey, he’ll be gone soon)

Please Arsene, it’s all we need, Gallas has proved to the world he can’t cut the mustard, mentally or otherwise, not anymore, Thuram is way too old and Senderos is just not good enough.

You aren’t perfect, Stepanovs, Cygan and Senderos prove that, bring in Adams, let him sort them out, but put a stake in the ground now and show the fans you mean business, heck I would take Meretsecker or Zapata over anything we have and I’m sure the team would too.

I’ve been positive all weekend, I’ve even been called a closet AKB, I hope this post puts the record straight and regains my self respect.

Let’s see some action this week boss, we’re almost there!

Have a great week Grovers, the force is strong.

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